It has been a long time coming, but a little over a year after Google shared its connected jean jacket designed for bike commuters, they are finally unveiling the final product. Designed in partnership with Levi’s, the new smart jacket takes advantage of technology from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), which involves weaving multi-touch sensors into clothing. It is now on sale for $350. Tech Crunch brought us this interesting information in their article, “Google and Levi’s ‘connected’ jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more is going on sale.”
At Google I/O, the companies demonstrated how a bike commuter could instead touch their jacket’s cuff and use gestures to control various functions that they would otherwise have needed to pull out their phone for – like handling calls and messages, adjusting the volume, or navigating with Google Maps, for instance, which would increase their risk of injury.
Google says the new Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket will allow its wearers to do things like stopping or starting their music, getting directions, or reading incoming text messages just by swiping or tapping on the jacket’s sleeve – all designed to improve safety.
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