Levi Strauss soon begins selling a denim jacket with touch controls woven in the fabric while in the first fashion offering stitched at a collaboration with Google.
The iconic California clothing maker, which includes a legacy reaching time for Gold Rush within the mid-1800s, will mine the mobile internet boom by using a “Trucker Jacket with Jacquard.”
The denim jacket aimed at bicyclists incorporates a sleeve cuff made of special Jacquard fabric that synchronises wirelessly with smartphones, enabling a fixed set of commands using swipes or taps, a movie posted at YouTube by Levi Strauss showed.
“As we come across it, it is not just about technology for technology’s sake – it’s about addressing a true necessity for our consumers on the move,” said Levi second in command of worldwide product innovation Paul Dillinger.
“This garment allows cyclists to literally navigate their rides, and manage other simple tasks, while never requiring you to bring their eyes off the road.”
Google engineer Ivan Poupyrev said in a article that to begin with, “it’s a jacket. Similarly to regular denim jacket, you possibly can wash it (just take off the snap tag), it’s durable, intended to be comfy for cycling and will also stop you warm don and doff the bike.”
Poupyrev said the garment enables users to “perform common digital tasks – like starting or stopping music, getting directions or reading incoming texts – by swiping or tapping the jacket sleeve.”
The Levi’s Commuter Trucker jackets will probably be being $350 when then become accessible in select US shops beginning Wednesday and also at the levi.com website on October 2.
Slightly above 2 years ago, Google used its annual developers conference in San fran to reveal Project Jacquard and to spotlight Levi Strauss since it’s first partner.
Named following a Frenchman who invented a variety of loom, Project Jacquard is with the hands of an small Google team called Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP).
Conductive threads can be woven towards a wide range of fabrics, and turn made to visually be prominent or go unnoticed based upon designers’ wishes.