It has been 2 years since Google had first teased Project Jacquard. It was the company’s dream to weave technology and science into clothing. Looks like their dream is finally coming true. Their very first tech friendly garment is all set to launch this year.
Levi’s Commuter Trucker jacket will be available in both women’s and men’s sizes and is expected to go on sale for about $350 this fall. This news was announced by Google during SXSW 2017.
Last year, we saw at Google I/O that the tech-installed jacket has a capacitive touchpad integrated in its left sleeve. You could control it by either swiping or tapping it. A smartphone app accompanied by it will let the user set “abilities”, therefore a swipe down could tell up the current time, a double tap on the touch pad could start music etc.
The touch pad is driven by a tiny rechargeable “tag” that is clipped within the sleeve. As per the report submitted by Ivan Poupyrev, the battery would last for about 2 days. Ivan is the project lead for Project Jacquard at Google Inc. He says that they would like to, in due course, improve the battery life for several days.
The mainstay of Jacquard Project is a special type of fabric that’s woven within a conductive yarn. Ivan explained that the yarn used for Jacquard could be woven into just any type of material. Their long-term goal is to create an entire ‘ecosystem’ of Jacquard clothing.
Ivan said, “It was a long road but what’s really impressive, is the entire journey, we stayed true to our vision and what we wanted to achieve. This jacket is going to be sold as a piece of apparel, that was always the vision from the very beginning.”