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World’s First ‘Smart Jacket’ Ready to Launch


Google and Levi's have teamed up to create the world's first smart jacket that communicates with mobile devices.

A jacket that communicates with electronic devices is the latest invention in wearable technology.

The “smart jacket” was developed by Google in partnership with the American clothing manufacturer Levi’s.

The two companies recently demonstrated the jacket at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas.

The jacket is made from the same denim material that Levi’s is known for worldwide. But it also comes equipped with wireless connectivity.

The technology uses fabric made with materials that can carry electronic signals. This lets people touch an area of the jacket near the wrist to perform wireless actions.

The smart jacket technology uses fabric made with materials that can carry electronic signals to a wireless device.

The smart jacket technology uses fabric made with materials that can carry electronic signals to a wireless device.

The interactive jacket includes a small “smart tag” that attaches to the end of the sleeve. This connects with Bluetooth technology to communicate with other devices.

The interactive jacket includes a small “smart tag” that attaches to the end of the sleeve to connect via Bluetooth to other devices.

The interactive jacket includes a small “smart tag” that attaches to the end of the sleeve to connect via Bluetooth to other devices.

If this tag is removed, the jacket can be washed just like other pieces of clothing.

The jacket is expected to begin selling this autumn for $350.

The new product demonstrates Google and Levi’s desire to create a modern version of denim. The material was first introduced in 1873.

Levi's helped develop this "smart jacket," which it calls the "Commuter," which can communicate with wireless devices.

Levi's helped develop this "smart jacket," which it calls the "Commuter," which can communicate with wireless devices.

The jacket lets users easily control mobile devices while doing other activities, the project website says. Users can connect directly from the jacket to several different services, including phones, music or maps.

Developers expect the jacket to be especially popular among bicycle riders. They may find the technology easier to use than a smartwatch.

The project website says its team expects to see many other kinds of wearable technology in the future. It also urges designers to come up with their own ideas.

I’m Bryan Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

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Words in This Story

jacketn. a piece of clothing that is worn on your upper body over another piece of clothing such as a shirt

denim n. strong cotton material, usually blue, used to make jeans and other clothes

fabricn. woven or knitted material used to make clothes and other things

wrist – n. part of the body joining the hand to the arm

tagn. small piece of cloth, paper, metal, etc. that attaches to something else

sleeve n. the part of a jacket or shirt that covers the arm

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