There are many reasons why you need a jean jacket right now. But if you can hold off for another year, you’ll be able to get a denim coat that can tell you how long it will be until you reach your destination.
Levi’s teamed up with Google to create a new version of the denim brand’s Commuter Trucker jacket that features Google’s Jacquard technology. A conductive yarn is woven into the fabric of the jacket that allows the material to communicate with a smartphone. From there, one can perform functions like adjusting the volume of your music, silencing a phone call, and getting directions simply by tapping and swiping on the jacket’s sleeve.
The jacket is part of Levi’s Commuter line of clothes that are specifically designed for bike riders. Of course, listening to music and taking phone calls while riding a bike may not be the safest thing, but doing so without having to get your phone out of your pocket is definitely preferable.
Of equal importance is the jacket’s styling. This just looks like a jean jacket, which is a good thing. It’s not some conspicuous piece of technology, a la Google Glass that announces itself even though a user may not want it to. And aside from a removable smart tag, the jacket acts like any other. It can be thrown in the washing machine without losing any of its tech properties.
There is no price for the Commuter Trucker jacket aside from a removable smart tag, but it is scheduled to released in the spring of 2017.