When it comes to embedding technology into everyday items, no one does it better than Google. The tech giant’s advanced technology and projects division has spent years working with fashion and lifestyle brands to enable a seamless technological experience that doesn’t rely on your tapping away on your phone. Designed for everyday adventures, Samsonite’s Konnect-i backpack uses Google’s Jacquard technology to help you make the most of your phone without actually using your phone. It lets you answer calls, listen to text messages, play your favourite song, or even get alerts about things like when your Uber is arriving with nothing more than a gesture on the strap of the backpack. Available in a slim or standard backpack, the Konnect-i has multiple storage pockets, including a padded compartment that fits most laptops (up to 15.6 inches), and is made of water-repellent fabric.
And if this isn’t quite the one for you, you may want to take a look at the Cit-e backpack that Google made with YSL, which combines these smarts with a luxe design. Compatible with Android and iOS.
• From the April edition of Wanted, 2022.