It’s no longer surprising to see everything going smart. We live in a world of connected devices, and the latest from Levi and Google will definitely not be the last. Back in 2015, Google announced its plans to start working on connected clothing and named it project Jacquard. Fast-forward to 2017, we’re seeing the first product from this project which would soon be commercially available.
On the outside, it looks like the Levi’s regular Commuter Jacket but it actually has a conductive fabric called Interactive Denim and there’s a bluetooth device attached to the sleeve.
A touch-sensitive jacket
Thanks to the circuits cleverly woven into the fabric, an area of the sleeve is touch-sensitive. This is composed of conductive threads which collects inputs and sends to a connected mobile device through bluetooth.
The interactive denim can let you skip music with predefined gestures. Instead of pulling your smartphone out of your pocket to perform certain functions, you could simply swipe the sleeve to reduce volume or answer incoming call.
Google and Levi plan to release the jacket commercially and it’s going to have a companion app that would allow users customize gestures and functions. Despite having electronic parts, this jacket is quite washable but the tiny bluetooth dongle only needs to be removed from the cufflink pouch.
The jacket will go on sale in the US this fall at a price of $350.