“Samsonite (A luggage manufacturer company), in collaboration with Google, recently launched a backpack that is made with touch/gesture sensitive fabric which can perform many smartphone actions”
“Konnect-i backpacks” is the name of the backpack that is launched by Samsonite and is equipped with Google’s Jacquard technology that makes fabric respond to your touch!
PS: Prices — $200 for slim & $220 for standard!
Project Jacquard by Google is launched out of Google ATAP (Advanced Technology & Projects) which is Google’s hardware invention studio where many experts are working on new ideas & technology for bringing them to reality through finished products!
Project Jacquard is dedicated to integrating technology and fabric for giving a digital experience on people’s clothing!
Let’s talk more about the Konnect-i backpack!
It’s a normal backpack with some “smart threads” on the left shoulder strap, made with “smart fabric” that can control the “smartphone” of a “smart guy” like this sloth!
Too much smartness Uh! Check out this video & come back to this article,
The strap support gestures such as “Brush Up”, “Brush Down”, “Double Tap” and “Cover”, so basically it’s a technology that can control your smartphone without taking it out of your pocket!
It can perform actions such as (Some may require headphones though!)
For Music: Play, Pause, Next, Previous, etc
Accepting/Rejecting calls/text, turn by turn directions, and taking a selfie too! You can configure the actions with the Jacquard app!
This tiny little module does the job:
You’ve to charge the module with a micro USB cable and slide it in the place of the left shoulder strap, it vibrates when correctly installed!
Well, Apart from this Project Jacquard has also catered to a Levi’s Trucker Jacket, one has to put the device in the jacket cuff and it will detect the gestures!
Well, the product concept and idea seem exciting here but the same things can be done by a smartwatch!
Earlier, Technology used to solve real problems but these days, it seems it’s more towards providing luxuries and that extra-ease of living, which is not needed for everyone!
References: Verge, TechCrunch, Android Police, Android Authority, TechRadar