[Ed. – I want to make phone calls by brushing fabric??]
Named after a Frenchman who invented a type of loom, Project Jacquard is in the hands of a small Google team called Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP), which is different from the Google (x) lab that developes big-vision innovations such as self-driving cars.
“We are enabling interactive textiles,” Emre Karagozler of ATAP said as the smart fabric was shown off in an area set up to look like cloth coming out of a loom.
“We do it by weaving conductive threads into fabric.”
The special threads can be woven into a wide array of fabrics, and be made to visually stand out or go unnoticed depending on designers’ wishes.
Conductivity can be limited to desired parts of fabric or spread across entire cloth. …
Conductive yarn is connected to tiny circuits, no bigger than jacket buttons, with miniaturized electronics that can use algorithms to recognize touches or swipes, ATAP said.
The data can be sent wirelessly to smartphones or other devices, enabling actions such as making phone calls or sending messages with brushes of fabric.