Nearly two years after first teasing Project Jacquard, the company’s experiment to weave technology into clothing, the first garment to actually use the tech is ready to launch.
Starting this fall, you can swipe your sleeve to control your electronics.
During SXSW 2017 Google announced that the Levi’s Commuter Trucker jacket, which will come in both men’s and women’s sizes, will go on sale this fall for about $350. Users can swipe their sleeve to control their music or answer phone calls. The jacket is also expected to be waterproof and machine-washable.
The touchpad is powered by a small rechargeable “tag” that clips onto the inside of sleeve. The battery on the tag will last about two days, according to Ivan Poupyrev, project lead for Project Jacquard at Google, though he says he would like to eventually increase the battery life to several days.