The denim jacket is a timeless fashion classic, but it’s about to get a high-tech upgrade.
Made in partnership with Google’s Project Jacquard, Levi’s smart jacket is like a touchscreen that you wear. Made with Jacquard’s technology that weaves connected fibers into clothing, the jacket’s sleeve registers gestures and connects to your other devices via a Bluetooth cufflink. With three gestures currently available — swipe in, swipe out and double tap — the jacket is prime for use by cyclists who want to update a Google map or change a song playing on Spotify.
While the price tag is a little steep — $350 compared to many Levi’s jackets, which cost under $100 — and the functions are currently limited, the smart jean jacket may be the future of wearables. The company is anticipating the jacket’s release this fall.