Reviewers comparing the newly announced Google Pixel 2 phones to the iPhone 8/X and the Samsung Galaxy Note/S8 are completely missing the point. While consumers may compare the obvious features and both of the others will massively outsell Google’s effort, the bigger picture is far more important — the Pixel 2 is in fact the first AI-first phone. It’s a kind of smarter smartphone. Look closely and it’s a fascinating glimpse at what lies ahead for the shiny rectangles that have become so pervasive, yet have clearly hit a hardware development plateau compared to the obvious rapid annual advances of years gone by.
The seemingly unlikely pairing of Levis and Google this week announced the availability of the world’s first jacket with an embedded technology — called Jacquard, it allows for a touchable yarn to be woven into fabric using standard looms, while a Bluetooth connection relays your gestures on the sleeve to your phone.