The patent states that the smart clothing by Google will have multiple points to give haptic feedback instead of just one point where the user may or may not feel it. A couple of use cases for this smart wearable could be that it may give feedbacks for an incoming notification or when someone taps on the touch sensitive parts.
As mentioned in the patent, the tech can be used in jacket, shirt or pants.
“This document describes techniques using, and objects embodying, a haptic feedback mechanism for an interactive garment. A wearable interactive garment (e.g., a jacket, shirt, or pants) may include various sensors that can sense user interactions in the form of single or multi-touch-input (e.g., gestures). A haptic feedback mechanism is integrated within the interactive garment and includes a vibration source (e.g., a vibration motor) and a transmission structure coupled to the vibration source. A controller is configured to control the haptic feedback mechanism to provide haptic feedback by causing the vibration source to distribute vibration to multiple vibration points within the transmission structure,” states the patent abstract.
This is nothing new for Google as the firm introduced a similar product last year in partnership with Levi’s. The firm introduced ‘Commuter Trucker Jacket’ that used company’s own Project Jacquard software. The jacked has touch sensitive features and the ability to let users control music playback, information about their commute and more. It uses a plastic sensor placed on the sleeves of the jacket.