Google teams with Levi's on smart clothesControl a smartwatch with your jeans? It's possible with Google's Project Jacquard, and Levi's is weaving the tech into its fabrics. And while Google gets into fashion, Amazon may be creating its own brand of food.
Soon you can control your phone by rubbing your jean. I'm Bridget Carey this is your Cnet update. Google teased us that it would have a wearable that would knock our socks off, and it turns out they really meant socks. One of Google's more exploratory divisions is working on smart clothing as a way to control your gadgets with the everyday fabrics you wear. Now, Google isn't gluing on a touch screen to a shirt. This goes way beyond that. Google created its own conductive yarn to be woven into any fabric so it looks like normal yarn, but it senses touch, and it can respond to precise gestures. The real challenge was to get conductive yarn that would withstand the process of making clothes, including stretching and heating, and it had to get it all controlled with a tiny chip that you can tuck away unseen. In an example, we saw this fabric put into a designer jacket And it could be programmed to make a phone call by simply swiping your finger across the sleeve. This is called Project Jacquard, and Google is working with Levi's to produce some of the first pieces of clothing to move this beyond a novelty and in to something realistic. One of the motivations for creating Smart Fabric is the fact that our screens Are getting smaller with smart watches. So we need to think of new ways to interact with devices. And a sleeve certainly provides more surface area to touch and scroll. But, there's another angle to solving this problem. And that's creating something that can detect your hand gestures. With project Sole, Google created a tiny radar sensor that can detect the slightest hand motions. So you can move your fingers in certain ways to navigate a screen, it's sensitive enough to let you. Scroll with a roll of your thumb like you were holding an invisible smart phone. Or you can twist your fingers like your rolling an invisible watch dial to set the time. The chip sends out a radar signal and the reflection of the signal changes as the hand moves. So it interprets different poses. Now Google just has to put that in a watch, and you have a way to control it without actually touching it. Let's move on to another site of tech companies trying new things. This time with food, coming soon to a breakfast near you. Amazon flake cereal to be served with cold Amazon milk and a cup of fresh brewed Amazon coffee. That's right. The online store that sells everything wants to sell you its own generic brand of food and household products. The Wall Street Journal reports Amazon's preparing to add several types of grocery items and cleaning products to its generic store brand, called Elements. Amazon launched Elements last year. To sell baby wipes and diapers to Prime members. But the diapers were discontinued less than two months after launching because of complaints. Amazon actually makes a few other cheap tech accessories under the name Amazon Basics including HDMI cords and bluetooth speakers. That's all for this tech news update but there's more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.