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If you’ve been reading my blog over the past year, you’ll know that I’m passionate about technology. I usually like to share up and coming green products that make your home – and consequently your life – run more efficiently. This week I’d like to talk about a new phenomenon that seems to be all the rage right now, the main component of which you’ve had all along: your body and your clothes. E-textiles and gesture-based technology isn’t entirely new, but extreme advancements are currently in development and will be taking over our lives before you know it.
A good indication that a technology is definitely going to market in the foreseeable future is when Google is on board. Last week, Google unveiled an interaction sensor that uses radar to translate slight hand movements into gesture controls for electronic devices. Dubbed Project Soli, it raises a number of amazing possibilities. To date, the department responsible is working on applications that seem bound to smart devices like phones, watches and radio; however, it seems inevitable that it would extend to smart home components, such as lights, temperature controls and home security. Google isn’t stopping there though, they also revealed Project Jacquard, which is a new kind of braided conductive thread that gives textile manufacturers the ability to mass produce smart garments. Imagine the possibility of simply rubbing your shirt to alert your Nest that it needs to increase the heat in your home, or a change in body temperature signalling a need to increase your AC. That’s the future of interaction with your home.
Smart technology is getting smarter on a daily basis, and the rate of development is accelerating. The way we tell our home what we need it to do – and when – is getting increasingly intuitive. It’s hard to believe that The Clapper was once the height of sophistication. It’ll be interesting to see the way this technology incorporates itself into our lives. Touch enabled couches perhaps?