Google partners with Levi’s, launches smart jacket
In a sort of unforeseen turn of events, Google and clothing line Levi’s have teamed up to come with a smart jacket. Called the Commuter Trucker Jacket, it can answer a call or play music.
The smart denim jacket runs mainly on Google’s Project Jacquard which first made its appearance during last year’s Google I/O event. Basically, the project allows to use an ordinary item (like a jacket for this instance) and give them some sort of interactive functionality and gather information from a connected smartphone. Through the use of Bluetooth for wireless communication, wearers of the jacket can drop or answer calls and more since they can set customized gestures.
A simple tap or swipe on the left cuff initiates input like a regular touchpad. It is then powered by a rechargeable battery with a claimed life of up to two days. The videos below show the jacket in action and how it was made.
It will be available internationally for both men and women for $350 a pop and will soon be available for purchase.