Google’s Project Jacquard returns on an Yves Saint Laurent backpack strap, for $880

Google’s Project Jacquard — the company’s touch-sensitive fabric technology — is making a surprise return today with the announcement of a second product using the tech: the Cit-E smart backpack, built in collaboration with luxury fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent, that features a touch-sensitive shoulder strap for controlling a connected smartphone (as spotted by Charged).

Like the first Jacquard-powered product, the Levi’s smart jacket, the Cit-E backpack is powered by a removable “tag” that houses the battery and internal hardware. Once paired with a phone, you’ll be able to control things using four gestures on the touch-sensitive area on the front of the left shoulder strap: swipe up, swipe down, double tap, and covering it up.

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