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Google, Levi’s Unveil Touch-Sensitive Jacket That Can Control Smartphones

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Following their announcement from last year, Google and denim jeans company Levi’s have developed a new jacket that lets users interact with their smartphones by swiping at the garment in various ways.

Called the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket, the garment is aimed at cyclists who may be too busy riding and concentrating on their surroundings to reach into their pockets and fiddle with their phones.

The jacket is apparently waterproof – except for a detachable electronic smart tag that activates a wireless connection between the clothing and a mobile device.

“If you get this thing dirty, you put it in the washing machine,” said Paul Dillinger, company head of global product innovation, during Google’s annual developer conference in Mountain View, California this week.

The garment is powered by Google’s Project Jacquard technology developed by the internet giant’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.

The Commuter Trucker Jacket will be available in a limited beta this fall, before making its way to stores and levi.com in Spring 2017.