Mobile computing has come a long way, but our experience of it is still tied to glass rectangles and cold interfaces. How might we make our technology more livable, comfortable, and organic? How do we make the arena more conducive to development?
NOTE: This project is still under development in Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. Much of it is still highly classified, including my main contributions. Below is some information I can share which has already been made public.
Technology Woven In
Jacquard™ by Google provides the infrastructure for apparel and fashion brands to bring smart technology to their products. Conductive thread is woven into various textiles allowing for novel touch interfaces, sensors, and other features.
Jacquard on the Go
Our first product, the Levi’s® Commuter™ Trucker jacket, features a touch-sensitive cuff that allows you to control your music, navigation, and more. Watch the video below for more information.
Going from Product to Platform
Jacquard has made a splash in the wearable technology space with its Levi’s partnership. But the vision here is not to make a single product nor to work with a single brand at a time. The vision for Jacquard is to create a unified platform by which multiple garments, accessories, and soft goods can be made intelligent. This involves considering cost, scalability, brand agnosticism, subtlety, and consistency across products.
The Levi’s Commuter Trucker jacket has brand-specific Jacquard hardware — great for a first product, but not conducive to building a multi-partner platform. My focus for the past few months has been creating brand-agnostic hardware that can be integrated into a variety of products.
The Jacquard Tag
A universal microcomputer that brings intelligence to garments, accessories, and otherwise “dumb” products. This modular and product-agnostic component allows interactive experiences across multiple products throughout the course of your day.
Unfortunately, I can’t currently show most of the work I have done for the Jacquard platform. My key involvement has been in the following areas:
Industrial design of Jacquard Tag and other brand-agnostic hardware
CMF spec of all Jacquard hardware
Working closely with PDEs to make hardware reliable and manufacturable
Assisting in QA and tooling bring-up overseas
Concept development for new soft goods technologies
Prototyping placement of components for good UX
Storyboarding UX flows
Jacquard @ ReMode 2018
Below is a video of our project lead Dr. Ivan Poupyrev’s keynote presentation at REMODE 2018 explaining in-depth the strategy and vision of Jacquard.
More to Come
Check back here in the coming months to see the variety of products I have helped to design and launch.