Google brings the first major update to Project Jacquard

The Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket will now light up and find your phone
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Google has provided its first major update to the Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket, allowing wearers to find their phone and light up the tag for custom gestures.

Launching back in September, the jacket became the first piece of smart clothing from the folks at Google's Project Jacquard, bringing the likes of navigation help, notification support and music control.

Now, though, users will be able to take advantage of Illuminate and Find Your Phone, showing Google's ambition to roll out functionality even after the jacket's launch.

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The latter feature is exactly what you would expect. When you use a gesture assigned to the feature, your phone will ring for up to 30 seconds at its maximum volume, even if it's on silent. Meanwhile, Illuminate lets you set gestures to create three light modes.

The Shine gesture essentially turns the tag on the sleeve into a flashlight, Blink turns it into a flashing light that helps the user become more visible to drivers, and Strobe transforms it into what Google describes as a "multicoloured party light". We're not quite sure what that means, but we imagine it'll be the centrepiece of many parties over the festive period.

And while these two new updates are the highlights of the first big update for the jacket, Google has also updated the "What's Playing on Android" music-listening feature to work with all music services supported by Jacquard.

So for users of the Commuter Trucker Jacket that want to get involved with the latest capabilities, simply update the Jacquard app through the Play Store.

Google brings the first major update to Project Jacquard

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

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