We’re not parking spaceships in the company lot and we haven’t satisfactorily addressed the problem of mortality just yet, but the world today does look noticeably ‘smarter’ and more futuristic than years past. There are self-driving cars, phones that talk back, and little boxes in our homes with a personal assistant named Alexa who can order you more paper towels, report the weather, and tell you jokes.
Thanks to strides in technology, design, and the long and storied history of human ambition, it now requires a lot less effort to be more efficient — or to live ‘smarter’. You can even find this to be true in the clothes you wear: from leggings that use haptic technology to correct your yoga poses to pajamas that use infrared energy to help you recover faster, or clever design feats like slits in a jacket that “breathes” to regulate temperature or a pair of leggings with built-in resistance bands.
Below are 7 ‘smart’ clothing options that use technology or a clever application of science to make your life more efficient:
1. Levi’s x Google smart Commuter Trucker Jacket that lets you control smart features with specific motions
Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket With Jacquard by Google, $350, Men’s and Women’s available at Levi’s
Levi’s has brought a modern twist to the classic, iconic Levi’s denim jacket. The company has teamed up with Google to make the Commuter Trucker Jacket With Jacquard, which has conductive Jacquard Thread and a snap tag that lets the wearer operate smart functions like audio control, directions, and screening calls through specific motions. The classic fit has been updated to accommodate more movement, and we found it to be one of the most intuitive and stylish pieces of wearable tech that we’ve tried.