Levis commuter jacket with Google’s Jacquard tech lets you control smart-devices with hand gestures
In spring 2017, Levis would be releasing its commuter jacket that integrates Google’s Jacquard technology. The sleeves of this jacket turns into touch-sensitive panel and lets commuters control their electronic devices, access navigation prompts, information about nearby places, answer calls, change music etc. by gesturally touching jacket’s sleeve. Jacquard, developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Progress (ATAP) wing, was first revealed at Google’s I/O development conference in May last year, and now it has found its way into textile industry. ATAP wing is the one working on radar-assisted sensors to translate hand movements to set of commands for electronic devices.
Commuter jackets interface is made possible by weaving conductive threads into the denim textile. The conductive fabrics are arranged to form textured panels on the sleeves. On detecting a touch, these specific panels/patches transmit wireless signal to connect a smartphone or portable device through a detachable smart tag.
Commuters would have to clip smart tag to the cuff and enjoy enhanced experience with their mobile devices. With pre-programmed gestures, users can facilitate different set of commands using an accompanying application.
Smart tag, that would be available in different colors and styles, is rechargeable. The jacket is completely washable and washing process does not cause any damage to the conductive fabric. There is no word about the price but it’s easy to guess, this is not going to be cheap.