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Levi’s is making a commuter jacket with Google’s Project Jacquard

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James Finch
May 20, 2016 10:17
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It s coming out in spring 2017, with a limited beta coming this fall.It s called the trucker jacket, Levi s vice president of innovation Paul Dillinger said.

Google Maps, Google Play, Spotify, and Strava will be supported — and there will be APIs that will let developers build their own custom services for this technology.

The division came to Google as part of the Motorola Mobility acquisition, and it was the only thing Google kept before selling the rest to Lenovo.

Not surprisingly, it has done a lot of hardware projects — alongside Project Jacquard, last year the group debuted Project Soli, a radar device that picks up on gestures.

There was also the Project Vault encrypted microSD card.But ATAP is also behind the Project Tango augmented reality technology that is close to being shipped in a consumer smartphone from Lenovo.Recently Regina Dugan, the leader of ATAP who used to work inside the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA , left Google for Facebook.In addition to the Jacquard and Soli updates, Google has been working on the Abacus authentication technology it talked about at I/O last year.

Later this year there will be a Trust application programming interface API that Android developers will be able to incorporate into their applications, said Dan Kaufman — another DARPA alum who replaced Dugan as ATAP head.

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