For the few hundreds of people who have downloaded the Jacquard™ by Google app to help customize and operate their connected jacket, they will be happy to know that there is a new update and that it brings a couple of new abilities. The touch-gesture functionality of the app, which has been adopted by Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket (the only one for now), now lets you control the illumination of your smart apparel, as well as helps you locate your misplaced smartphone.
The Illuminate ability lets you assign a custom gesture that will light up your jacket. There are three modes available now: Shine, Blink, and Strobe. Shine will turn your jacket sleeve’s tag into a flashlight, in case you need to find something quickly and you have no other source of light. Blink will turn the tag into a blinking light so you’re visible to others when in the dark. Lastly, Strobe turns the tag into a “multicolored party light” but as for what reason you’d want that, we won’t judge.
If you’ve somehow misplaced your smartphone in your house or office, you can also now use your connected jacket to locate it. The Find My Phone feature allows you to set a gesture on your jacket, which when done, lets your phone ring for a maximum of 30 seconds at a maximum volume so you can locate it. Even if your device is in silent mode, it will still ring aloud for 30 seconds. Hopefully, it will be enough for you to find it.
The update also allows What’s Playing on Android to work with supported music streaming services. The Levi’s Commuter Truck Jacket isn’t the most affordable at $350 and so we’re seeing only 100-500 installs of the Jacquard™ by Google app. Hopefully, more accessories will eventually adopt it too. In the meanwhile, if you have it, update through its Google Play page.
VIA: Android Police