eGlasses Application - Source: eGlasses
A team of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria was able to secure one of the Google Research Awards 2015, funding their cutting-edge research on smart clothing, and its interoperability with augmented devices.
One of Googles numerous academic outreach programs. Source: Google
Google Research Award are granted to top universities around the world in order to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members, and to advance Google’s products and services. In 2015, 808 applications from over 55 countries, and six continents were submitted, but only 112 projects were awarded a one-year Google grant.
Forscher der FH OÖ Campus Hagenberg gewinnen Google Research Award http://t.co/98TiYxdNHN— FH Oberösterreich (@fhooe) June 3, 2015
David Lindlbauer and his team in Hagenberg’s Media Interaction Lab have been working on the eGlasses Project which is focused on the development of an open platform of multisensory electronic glasses.
eGlasses Logo - Source: eGlasses
The project appears to be Austria’s answer to Google Glass, and has raised Google’s interest in the group’s approach to perceptual media. With the 2014 acquisition of Nest, Google is positioned to apply projects such as eGlasses to advance its smart home strategy.
It won’t be long until perceptual media devices will allow us to control smart phones, Google Glass devices, or any other Wi-Fi equipped hardware through smart clothing that has been equipped with conductive fibers. So don’t be surprised if in the future Austrian tech will enable you to control your air conditioning unit via your sweater.