Google, Levi’s set to launch the commuter smart jacket in the fall
Google and Levi’s is set to launch the Commuter smart jacket in the fall with a price tag of $350. The jacket is the first product of Project Jacquard, and it will allow wearers to input commands into their smartphones. The Commuter jacket was unveiled by Google and Levi’s in May of last year at the Google I/O conference as the first product under Project Jacquard. More details regarding the smart clothing was unveiled at SXSW 2017.
As seen at last year’s Google I/O, the Commuter jacket features a left sleeve that has a capacitive touchpad that allows users to input commands through taps or swipes. The jacket will come with the accompanying Project Jacquard app that will allow users to set its so-called abilities. For example, a user can set a double tap on the left sleeve will start playing the music on his smartphone, and that a swipe up could tell the user the time. Google, however, is still trying to figure out how third-party developers will be able to use the platform that is enabled by the technology.
The user interface of the Project Jacquard app is also very simple, with a quick drag-and-drop method utilized to make it easy for users to assign functions to the different commands recognised by the Commuter jacket. According to Levi’s, it is also working to add support for more gestures that will be added later on, which would increase the ways that wearers can interact with their smart jacket. Battery life for the Commuter jacket is also said to last for two days, with charging to be done through a USB connection. Levi’s will also likely introduce some kind of water protection to give it resistance against rain, to make it a fully functioning jacket with smart capabilities.
Aside from the black cuff on the jacket’s sleeve, the Commuter looks very much like any other Levi’s product.