“Smart” Dream Jacket for Urban Cyclists

The understated smart jacket by the Levi's and Google ATAP collaboration could be likened to what you may see in a spy movie, the only difference - that you could be the owner of it in Spring 2017. Levi's® Commuter™ Trucker Jacket, the first of Project Jacquard to be announced. 

Technology is literally woven into the fabric. Special yarn is used - combining thin, metallic alloys with natural and synthetic yarns making it strong enough to be woven on an industrial loom. The jacket has a smart tag, which allows you to easily tap or swipe it in order to give commands while you are on the move. 

"Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms.

Everyday objects such as clothes and furniture can be transformed into interactive surfaces."

From Bespoke touch and gesture-sensitive technology, to actual sensor grids creating interactive surfaces that can literally woven anywhere within the textile.

The electronics that are put into the garment are as small as a mere button on a jacket, and yet they can capture touch interactions and gestures that can be inferred using machine-learning algorithms.

Best explained by Project Jacquard: "Captured touch and gesture data is wirelessly transmitted to mobile phones or other devices to control a wide range of functions, connecting the user to online services, apps, or phone features.

LEDs, haptics, and other embedded outputs provide feedback to the user, seamlessly connecting them to the digital world."

The most exciting part of all this for designers, is that this new technology allows them to design and create new functions without having to learn about electronics. It opens up a whole new world for how we will perceive and interact with even our own clothing in the future. It is truly creating a brand new type of canvas for designers to pioneer their creativity.