The recent additions to the Jacquard-enabled smart jacket lineup were announced today by Levi and Google. These new jackets are available in two different styles (for both men and women), carry the recent version of the Jacquard tech we saw on the Cit-E bag from Google ATAP, and are available at more reasonable prices than ever before.
For those out of the loop, Jacquard is Google’s touch-sensitive fabric and Bluetooth receiver innovation that lets partners in the company— Levi’s in this situation— to create their jackets, backpacks, and other wearables smarter. There is an area on the cuff in the case of the new Levi Trucker jackets that you can swipe on to preform different gestures.
Then the new Jacquard tag (which, thankfully, is much smaller!) gets those signals and sends them to your paired smartphone via Bluetooth. You can customize what types of smart actions these gestures do — from skipping and pausing your music to updating on your Uber ride.
As far as the latest features are concerned, Google wants you to understand that the Jacquard app has been completely redesigned to add three main things. Now a single gesture can trigger a photo on the camera of your phone, a new “My Day” feature provides you a personalized briefing, and “Ask Assistant” allows you to create new Jacquard abilities based on your selection of Assistant commands. In specific, that last feature is a whole new level of Jacquard functionality.
As mentioned, the new jackets are available at an entry price that is a little more achievable than the Commuter Trucker of the first generation of Levi. For the Classic Trucker, these will begin at $198 and for the Sherpa Trucker, $248. They will be available in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and USA at “select Levi’s shops,” as well as at Levi.com.
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for our complete review. We’re planning to go hand-on with the jacket’s real hardware and physical makeup later today, but meanwhile I’m hoping for it not to be 90 degrees Fahrenheit outside here in Texas so I can effectively use the jacket in the real world.