Are you just tapping your pocket, or are you happy to see me?

Google and Levi Strauss are partnering up to produce a fabric that will bring wearable computing [?] out of the realm of sci-fi and into the realm of everyday life.

This sounds like a great idea, but I do wonder how it will change our behaviour. Will we walk down the street tapping different parts of our clothing as we access different wearable apps? And how will that affect our perception of body language?

Jane:    “John! Are you listening to me?”

John:    “Of course I am, Darling.”

Jane:    “Then why are you tapping your pocket like that?”

John:    “Tapping? Pocket? Oh, I, um, just had an itch…”

As a baby geek, I do love the idea of wearables but I don’t think I’m ready to incorporate this into my writing just yet. 🙂



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8 responses to “Are you just tapping your pocket, or are you happy to see me?

  • Candy Korman

    There are wear-ables and there are wear-ables… I hope we never lose the ability to be in communication with the people in front of us.


  • anne54

    Interesting point, David. Perhaps there will be a screen built into the sleeve, or on the toe of your shoe. 😊


  • David Prosser

    Surely in accessing random apps like that you’d expect to see the end result of your tapping. So, will the gear be hardwired into the brain by a little access point hidden under the hairline or perhaps to a pair of spectacles so you have instant access to the information. If the latter I can imagine now the number of people walking into oncoming traffic when preoccupied or at the very least causing snarl ups on the pavement with all the others doing the same thing.
    In order to avoid chaos I think I could live without technology that doesn’t give me a break from the computer at all.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


    • acflory

      Oh good points! I suspect some kind of glasses would be required but honestly, I really can’t quite imagine it.

      As for taking a break from the computer, hmm, I don’t think it will be a computer any more. Not as we think of computers at any rate.


  • EllaDee

    I read this … and got lost in the speak… “The second thing is it will then force the designer to weigh the opportunity to deliver useful value and emotional durability in the clothing against the technical challenges of this deployment and this requisite agility.”
    I’m not sure I want to live in a world where the sum of its parts are designed by these people…


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