INTRO: Back in 2017, Google launched an innovative project to form touch-sensitive fabrics. Dubbed as Project Jacquard, the Mountain View-based tech giant’s smart fabric was integrated into Levi’s Trucker Jacket, which launched earlier last year. Now, Google has collaborated with Samsonite to launch a sensible backpack with support for touch gestures.
The backpack, named Samsonite Konnect-i, is that the fourth product that comes with Google Jacquard technology. And with this ‘smart fabric’ being integrated into the backpack, you’ll be ready to initiate a couple of customized functions on your smartphone by using hand gestures.
The backpack supports 3 sorts of gestures: brush up, tell off , and double-tap. So, you’ll use the “Jacquard by Google” app to assign each of those gestures to trigger functions on your smartphone.
For instance, you’ll assign the “brush up” gesture to invoke Google Assistant. Now, whenever you sweep up the left strap of your backpack – over the assigned touch area,
Google Assistant are going to be able to take your questions.
Apart from triggering the shutter button of the camera and announcing the present time, you’ll also assign media controls to the gestures. And thereupon, you’ll just brush up the strap to vary songs or double-tap thereon to play/ pause.
How Does It Work?
Now, you would possibly be wondering how does the backpack recognize touch gestures? Well, the entire Jacquard system here is powered by a small black rechargeable tag-like device. It has an LED light and a vibration motor to alert users when a notification comes in and maybe charged via a mini-USB port.
The idea here is to smartly connect parts of your attire to your electronic devices to make a cohesive ecosystem. So, with the Samsonite Konnect-i backpacker, you’ll be ready to access a number of the functions of your smartphone remotely once you are, say, walking around the city with your headphones on.
Now, coming to the physical build of the backpack, the Konnect-i backpacker comes in two variants – the quality and therefore the Slim. There are tons of pockets and a padded laptop compartment in each of the variants.
There is just one major difference between these two editions: the “Slim” one comes with a vertical zipper and therefore the “Standard” edition comes with a horizontal zipper on the front.
Price and Availability
Now, if you’re getting to get the Samsonite i-Konnect, then prepare to shed a modest $200 (~Rs. 14,684) for the Slim edition and $220 (~Rs 16,153) for the quality one. You can inspect the backpacks on Samsonite’s official website.