A Wearable Smart….Jacket?

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is full steam ahead. It’s a market that is projected to make billions, and every company from Apple to BlackBerry to Samsung is in on it. Including Google and…Levi’s? That’s not a misprint. Levi, the company best known for jeans and denim jackets is getting in on the IoT, and they’ve partnered with Google to do it. Before I go any further, check out this video:

Now, the Jackets themselves are made using Jacquard technology, which is named after the Frenchman who invented a type of loom. A loom is an apparatus for making fabric by weaving yarn or thread. Using the Jacquard technology, Jacquard yarn structures are created by using thin, metallic alloys with natural fabrics like cotton and silk. The finished product looks just like a regular jacket, but the tiny wires it has means that it can send and receive signals. Then there’s the tag, which is the size of a button that attaches to the jacket’s computers which allows it to communicate with a smartphone, or other smart devices. Once connected, data can be sent wirelessly to your devices to allow such actions like making a phone, or sending a message with just a few brushes of fabric.

It’s going to cost around $350, and should be available for purchase this coming fall. To learn more about this, and to sign up to be alerted about its availability, hit up the source link below.




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