Staking its claim on that piece of the wearable technology market, Google's Project Jacquard makes it possible to embed hardware that senses touch and gestures into fabric using standard industrial looms, Google says on its website. Information captured by the sensor can be sent to a smartphone or other device, potentially connecting users to apps or phone functions using their clothing, according to the company.
And Samsung showed off its smartphone-controlling Smart Suit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, along with a workout gear ensemble, Body Compass, equipped with processors and batteries to sense and transmit activity data.
Intel has developed a chip the size of a shirt button, dubbed the Intel Curie, which contains an accelerometer and gyroscope, which measure movement and acceleration. A version of that processor was on display at CES in 2015, and it's expected to ship this quarter.