Google brings its Jacquard wearables tech to Levis Trucker Jacket

October 2, 2019

Back in 2015, Google’s ATAP team demoed a new kind of wearable tech at Google I/O that used functional fabrics and conductive yarns to allow you to interact with your clothing and, by extension, the phone in your pocket. The company then released a jacket with Levi’s in 2017, but that was expensive, at $350, and never really quite caught on. Now, however, Jacquard is back. A few weeks ago,…

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Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns

November 20, 2017

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) issued a blanket ban on smartwatches aimed at children this week — and asked parents who’d already purchased such a device to destroy them, for good measure. The aggressive move is a response to growing privacy concerns surrounding devices aimed at minors. “Via an app, parents can use such children’s watches to listen unnoticed to the child’s environment and they are to be regarded as…

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