After introducing Smart Phones and Smart Watches in the market, Google has now teamed up with American clothing company Levi’s and is soon going to launch a “connected jacket” which is aimed at urban bike riders.
This jacket has been dubbed as the “Commuter Trucker Jacket” and uses Google’s Jacquard technology.
The smart apparel turns its fabric into a gesture-controlled fabric which can then be used for the various purpose such as using the phone and get direction without taking out the phone from the pocket.
The smart jacket comes fitted with Bluetooth-powered cufflinks which then allows the user to swipe his/her fingers on the fabric to send commands to the connected smartphone.
This then makes it easy to get directions, answer calls, or control the music without pulling the phone out of the pocket of the jacket.
Further, this jacket is washable like any other jacket once we remove the tag from it.
“Jacquard allows wearers to control their mobile experience and connect to a variety of services, such as music or maps, directly from the jacket. This is especially useful when it might be difficult to use the smart phone, like when you are riding on your bike.” – Google.
While Google and Levi’s had first announced the release date and price of this jacket during SXSW 2017 in Austin, it seems the date of release at present has been pushed further by few months.
The connected jacket would be the first commercial product that would use the touch-sensitive fabric which was developed by Google’s Project Jacquard and Projects (ATAP) division back in 2015.