Project Jacquard aims to turn everyday objects into interactive surfaces in an invisible way.
Some projects sound so farfetched that they cannot possibly be true, but this one is. The idea is for conductive yarns to be sewn into clothing and the like in order to create a surface that can be used to undertake tasks by touch alone. When more are added, they become sensor grids and the potential for this technology is immense. Imagine being able to act on notifications by touching your collar or tapping your trousers inconspicuously. It’s all possible with Project Jacquard and especially so because work is being done to produce the technology at a large scale, which means that, one day, you may be able to pay for things and scan tickets just by walking up to a counter. With no effort whatsoever, a lot of what you do on your phone now could be undertaken just by wearing the right outfit.