This story is from the 2016 Access 25: How Mobility is Reshaping the Globe. Explore more from this issue

Clothes that Compute

Form meets function with touch-powered fabrics.

April 2016


Will wearable computers take off? Apple Watches and Google Glass are two recent experiments in that direction. Now Google and Levi’s are collaborating on a different approach — smart clothing. The tech giant and the iconic clothing brand are working on a conductive yarn with woven-in chips and sensors that could turn your daily denim into an interactive device. Imagine swiping your hand over your jeans to silence a phone. Or tapping your jacket sleeve to play an MP3 tune or podcast. Though the idea is still under development, clothes could soon communicate more than personal style.

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