Levi's Commuter Jacket is the first piece of clothing to use Google's Project Jacquard

Google has announced the first Project Jacquard item to come to life which is made in collaboration with Levi's. The Levi's Commuter Jacket will let bikers navigate their smartphones by simply using their sleeve as a touch sensor. It works by attaching a sensor to the jacket which will allow the smartphone app to communicate with the phone.

Project Jacquard Jacket

The sensor is flexible, allowing it to connect to any size jacket and remain comfortable. Durability is a key feature, as you don't have to treat this jacket any different. You can pop it in the wash, use it the way you would any other jacket, and benefit from its smarter features.

You'll be able to control various apps right from the jacket. Some of them include Google Maps, Google Play, access your calls and messages, and other third-party apps as well. Developers will be able to build custom apps directly for Project Jacquard as well.

The jacket will become available in spring 2017, with a beta opening up in fall 2016.

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  • You gotta love how Google innovate. I feel like I'm living in the future :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • You are! For every second that passes, you're in the future!
  • Does the sensor connect via the usb port to the phone?
  • Bluetooth. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Take my money! The commuter line of Levis is already good, this just makes it better!
  • Great for hipsters on fixies, not so great for serious bikers who need technical clothing that breathes and wicks moisture.
  • So people that ride bikes every day for transport aren't serious bikers, but people that spend thousands of dollars on needless tech and clothing so they can ride on weekends are?
  • Bicyclists that ride in packs dressed in speedos need to be run over.
  • Lmao. Knock'em down like bowling pins Posted via the Android Central App
  • 10 points each! Would only be 5 points but they are a moving target!
  • No bikers rode in Speedos, so your comment makes no sense.
  • Are you insane? And your wrong. We aren't talking bikers.....we are talking bicyclists.
  • Exactly what a hipster would say.
  • Or someone that realizes there's a huge population of cyclists between hipsters and weekend warriors.
  • As a long time motorcycle rider I love all of the innovation that is being applied to modern bikes, bicycles and riding. Helmets with head up displays, LED lighting, etc. I can see this jacket leading to others that may be safer and technically useful, but I certainly applaud the effort.
  • Wondering if wind will mess with this? Even tight sleeves ripple but I wonder if this would cause a problem. For clarification, I am talking of big road bikes. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This would've been a Google April fools joke 5 years ago Posted via the Android Central App
  • All for only $999.95! Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's the Boss coat. Levi's is probably $119-$150 depending on how functional it is. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just want to buy a Vape jacket (electric shisha) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Okay, I don't see the point. You already have the wristband thingy attached to the sleeve. Why not just have the touch sensor on that? There's nothing new here other than the capacitive thread on the sleeve, which will probably fail after a year of use.