Lots of people are seeing the benefits of wearable technology now that both Android Wear and the Apple Watch have arrived in full force. From step-counting to glanceable notifications, a smartwatch can be convenient for many. Smartwatches have a problem, though: Not everybody wants to wear one. See also: Google partners with Levi’s to create interactive clothing Even fitness trackers, which are sometimes more comfortable, require you to wear something you otherwise probably wouldn’t. It’s no wonder many owners end up tossing them in drawers several months after use. Google has been working on a technology that solves this wearable conundrum. Called Project Jacquard, the idea is to weave technology into the fabric of clothing itself. After all, even the most staunch opponent to wearable gadgets still wears clothes . During a keynote at the Google I/O developer conference, project lead Ivan Poupyrev showed how the company’s Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP) division did it (starting at 22:45 in the video below). ATAP studied textile manufacturing closely, not just to develop a method of weaving electronics into fabric, but to do it in a way that could be incorporated into existing processes. Designers can then take that fabric and sew… Read full this story
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