American multinational companies, Google and Levi’s have teamed up to design a connected jacket. This particular jacket has shown to be extremely beneficial for people with disabilities.
This specially designed jacket is embedded with woven ‘Jacquard’ technology, which allows people to connect to their smartphones and use simple gestures to trigger functions from the jacquard app. With this built-in connectivity feature, an individual can tap her/his sleeve to hear directions to their next destination or touch their cuff to change songs. This jacket is a digital technology platform developed for footwear, smart apparel, and everyday essentials.
The Jacqued Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket is used by residents at Champions Place. Head of Design of Google Advanced Technology and Projects, “We discovered that for the residents at Champions Place a connected jacket gave them a simple and unobtrusive way to access technology on the go”.
"For example, many residents at Champions Place commonly rely on emergency call solutions, usually a device worn around the neck that lets them quickly call for assistance. Those who use these devices imagined how the connected garment could be used as a discreet and less obtrusive alternative while blending into their daily lives."
The Jacquard technology works for phones running on Android 6.0.1 or newer and iOS 11 or newer.
Leonardo Giusti said, “Enhancing everyday objects with digital functionalities can lead to products that are helpful, comfortable, easy-to-use and stylish for everyone - including people with disabilities,”.