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What Happens When Our Clothes Talk Back to Us?

What does Google’s April announcement of the closure of their Jacquard project mean about the future of e-textiles? Google’s Jacquard technology (revealed in 2015) embedded touch sensors and haptic feedback into clothing that, when paired with a smartphone, allowed wearers — through gestures on the garments — to perform smartphone activities such as make and receive calls, take photos, or play music.

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