Winters are fast approaching and it’s almost time to start shopping for warm clothes. But before you consider heading to the nearest Marks & Spencer store, take a look at Ministry of Supply’s ‘Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket’. Currently funding on Kickstarter the Mercury is a smart wearable jacket capable of learning its users’ behaviour over time and adjusting its heating patterns in turn. Marketed as a perfect companion for winter travel, it can even be voice-controlled using Amazon Alexa. Simply saying “Alexa, turn on my Jacket” preheats the jacket to a certain degree before you put it on.
It features three heating elements: one in each pocket and one in the back, that are powered by a 10,000mAh (swappable) battery that charges over USB Type-A. Overall, the jacket produces 10 watts of heat and can reach up to 57 degrees Celsius. It also features a thermistor on the inside that determine if you’re cold or not and external sensors to account for outside temperature. The system’s in place to make you feel comfortable and adjust the heating based on your habits, outside and inside temperature and movements (there’s an accelerometer inside the jacket as well).
Once you switch on the jacket, it pre-heats for 90 seconds and then only stays only if it determines that you’re cold. You can also control it manually by pairing the jacket with its companion iOS or Android app over Bluetooth. Currently available for pre-order, Mercury ‘intelligent’ costs $295 (~ Rs 21,225) and will start shipping this November.