Samsonite’s new smart backpack can connect to your phone and control music and Google Assistant remotely. In a year where many people aren’t commuting or traveling much, it’s a weirdly timed product. But the Konnect-i looks like a well-made but expensive Google-powered backpack ($200 or $220 for the slim or full-sized versions).
Google’s Jacquard tech, which weaves touch-enabled controls into fabric, emerged on a Levi’s jacket and an Yves Saint Laurent backpack last year. The tech works by having a small Micro-USB-charged Bluetooth puck slot into one of the backpack’s straps. Above that, a touch-control area responds to swipe gestures, which can be programmed to bring up particular Google Assistant commands. The strap also lights up with an LED to show notifications, and could be used as a selfie remote. The Jacquard Tag