interact with a nearby device

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Google has teamed up with Levis to create unique innovative clothing items that can alert wearers of weight gain (yes, scary) and interact with smartphones nearby.

That’s right. Project Jacquard joins the up-and-coming fashion/tech empire of wearable technology already on the market (think of Apple Watch and Google Glass) with a complete new concept.

The search-engine giant and the American denim label have developed fabric with smart technology woven into garments. While both companies haven’t revealed all the details on its make and what exactly will it do, what we know so far is, well, a bit terrifying.

"This isn't a launch, it's a platforming opportunity," Paul Dillinger, vice president of innovation for the Levi's brand, told WWD. "It becomes a home to new forms and applications we haven't thought of yet. The potential is that the input is the gesture - crossing your legs, swiping, saving, lifting."

In addition, founder of software development company FocusMotion, Grant Hughes, explained the new sensors (which will be so thin that wearers won’t feel them) could "alert the wearer to weight gain" and even scarier, "recommend a workout or provide a discount at a gym or yoga class… helping people live healthier lives".

The Jacquard-woven clothes will also be able to interact with nearby devices. For example, the wearers would be able to control a nearby iPhone with a simple tap on their lap.

Google’s developers are working with a Japanese firm to create conductive fibres and woven them into almost any textile – and surprisingly, the Jacquard thread works on all existing sewing machinery.

"The challenge of creating Jacquard yarn was to create yarn that is highly conductive and at the same time scalable, which means it could be used on industrial weaving machines everywhere in the world." said Ivan Poupyrev, Project Jacquard founder and technical program lead at Google's ATAP. In pictures: Wearable Technology Show



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