Last year, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team unveiled Project Jacquard, which aims to make interactive clothing using conductive yarn and miniature electronics. At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, the company announced that it’s working with Levi’s to release the first consumer product based on Project Jacquard.
The Commuter Jacquard Trucker Jacket – actually it’s “Levi’s® Commuter™ x Jacquard by Google Trucker Jacket”, but try asking for that at a store – has a touch-sensitive cuff partially made of the aforementioned conductive yarn. A small detachable device connects to one of the jacket’s button holes and wirelessly sends your input to an app on your phone. You can then control music playback, handle calls or messages and even use Google Maps by swiping or tapping on the jacket’s cuff. The jacket is just as durable and stylish as its dumber variants, so you don’t have to take special care of it and you can use it as a regular jacket if you want.
The tag is detachable not only so you can wash the jacket and charge the tag, but also so you can use it with future Jacquard smart clothing if it ever becomes a thing.
Beta versions of the jacket will be sold this fall, with the final version coming in 2017. Someday even our clothes will have bugs and software updates.