Google's boldest wearable since Google Glass goes on sale this week


Just four years ago, Google Glass showed us that technology and fashion could be a horrifyingly awkward combination in the wrong hands. 

Google seems to have atoned for its sins, though, with Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with the search giant’s Jacquard technology, which lets you control your Android device or iPhone with a few pats and swipes on the left sleeve. 

After months of quiet hype,the jacket is finally going on sale at select locations this Wednesday, with wider availability opening up next week. In line with previous statements from Google at SXSW last March, The Verge reports that it’ll sell for $350 (about £260 / AU$440).

Don’t expect the Commuter Trucker Jacket to fully replace a wearable device like the Apple Watch for that price. It is chiefly aimed at foot and bike commuters who need rapid information or access to their music without stopping to fumble with their phones, and so the touch-sensitive Jacquard fabric supports only a few gestures that you can set up with an accompanying app.