At the beginning of this year, following its unveiling at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, I asked if any of you out there in the wild were considering buying a "smart bike," which put a touchscreen right there for easy access. It also allows riders to easily navigate where they're going, and listen to music. It's meant to make it easier to do these things without pulling out your phone, something that can be inherently risky depending on where you're riding that bike.
For bike commuters who have to traverse traffic to get where they're going, being able to quickly access features on a regular basis is important. A smart bike, while probably expensive, aims to do that by putting the touchscreen right there in front of the handlebars.
Or you could get yourself a "connected smart jacket."
That' what Google and Levi's have been working on for quite some time. It's a denim jacket that puts a smart, connected mentality right into the sleeve of the jacket. With just a gesture you can control your music, or get directions. It's quick, there isn't a touchscreen to look at (headphones appear to be required, and an app on your phone), and it might actually be one of the most useful ideas for wearable technology to date.
The jacket will be priced at $350 when it launches later this year, which is slightly more expensive than some denim coats out there. And similarly-priced to some smartwatches already on the market. And I can't help but wonder if this is something that's on your radar, or on the radar of someone you know. Do you have a bike commuter in your circle of friends that would benefit from something like Project Jacquard?
Let me know!