Apple Developing Smart Fabric for Electronics Devices
We are undoubtedly in an era when customers give priority to multifunctional, innovative products. In addition to development of smart phone, smart watch, and smart home devices that have greatly advanced, smart fabric has also been focused by developers aiming to use it to increase performance in athletes, to enhance artistry in fashion, or to incorporate into electronic devices. In late 2017, the first jacket developed by Levi’s and Google, has been launched and put on sale; its features give users the ability to perform tasks on their devices by touching their clothes.
The innovator like Apple is also paying attention to the smart fabric technology, which, on Jan 1, Apple was granted a patent for. The patent would feature an ability to respond to pressure and touches and detect environmental changes. The fabric could contain materials like fiber optics, nanoelectronics, and thermochromic dyes which would be embedded in conductive and semiconductive threads and yarns. This technology could be used with Apple products including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV.
However, there has not been any detail about this technology except for information on Dwell website which reported that Apple had been filing several other patents related to smart fabric over the years. And, mid-December last year, Patently Apple website unveiled a new patent for a fabric-based Apple TV remote control; the fabric will allow users to control the electronic device from afar.
Currently, no information has been announced whether or not we will see smart fabric products or when such products will be unveiled; nevertheless, the number of flied patents for smart fabric could indicate that Apple is interested in using this technology in the future.