Google and Levi’s have announced they are working on smart clothing. Called Project Jacquard, Google has partnered with an undisclosed Japanese company to develop special conductive fibers that can be woven into almost any fabric. The garments created in this way will also have a connection element the size of a regular button, which will allow the garment to be connected to mobile devices and will have its own power source. Clothing with such fibers will allow you to control your smartphone or other mobile device - for example, switch the music in the player or change the volume of its sound.
According to Paul Dillinger, Levi’s vice president of innovation, the project aims to finally let people free themselves from multiple devices: instead of buying new gadgets, users can use their own clothes. He said that “smart” clothes from Google and Levi’s will allow “to get away from phones and pay attention to the world around - for example, watch a concert, and not record it on video”.
The first garments using this technology are expected to go on sale in the fall of 2016.