It seems that today was the day for ATAP, Google special projects division, It will show final versions of many of his projects that have worked for years, such is the case of modular Project Ara smart phones that will arrive commercially during some point in 2017; but now it is turn to meet the first garment equipped with the technology of Project Jacquard.
Last year Google unveiled Project Jacquard, which consists of the manufacture of conductive fabric threads that use wireless technology, but in a natural way, come on, without annoying cables or components that make the fabric weigh more or out of the way when used. Today, they are finally announcing in collaboration with Levis, the first connected jacket that it will reach the market in 2017.
Jacquard: Google and United in the first connected jacket Levis
Jacquard will be the first jacket created with this technology, manufactured by Levis without the need to add additional elements which have currently, while Google will offer the components that will be found in one of the sleeves, where by means of a Bluetooth bracelet We will have connection to our smart phone.
The interesting thing is that special care is not needed, is an item of clothing as any other, that can get dirty, wet and put in a washing machine, that Yes, you only have to remove the bracelet, but the goal is that the technology and components are invisible, a natural part of the jacket.
Thanks to the conductive threads and the bracelet, it is as we have a touch-sensitive surface, from which we operate our smartphone functions, as answering calls, raising and lowering the volume, as well as control music and activate the camera. In the coming months will be added new functions through applications like Play Music, Spotify, Google Maps, and other third parties thanks to a new API apps.
During the autumn of this year, Levis will sell the first units in a kind of public beta, where tested some functions in real-life situations with people in their daily lives, to prepare a commercial launch in the spring of 2017 at a price that most will be announced later. With this we can see how the technology can create wearables with few functions but useful, that can contribute something to the user experience without fill us with complex characteristics which, in the end, no one uses.