I once wrote a dystopian story in which the human race, as a result of constant cell phone use, had mutated into two forms. One form was adapted to texting while the other was built for talking on the phone. Of course, being humans, each group hated the other for being different.
Well, I’m happy to say that it looks like that story may not come true!
There is a concern that the emanations from cell phones and computers may be dangerous to our health. In the case of men, who often hold or carry phones at belt height or use laptops, which as the name suggests are often sited close to the lap, there is evidence that emanations can impair the motility of sperm and even cause genetic alterations. In fact, there are medical practitioners who are raising red flags about the effects of long term exposure to wi-fi and other forms of radiation.
But it turns out we have a White Knight! Entrepreneur reports a crowdfunding exercise started by a British physics teacher to produce something called “Wireless Armour” boxer briefs.
I’m not making this up.
Wireless Armour knickers are cotton with some sort of silver mesh woven in that blocks 99.99% of harmful radiation.
As you might guess, protection isn’t cheap. The introductory offer (which also includes a personal call from the physics teacher) is something called “The Weekly Armour Set.” It costs about NZ$300 and includes 8 pairs of nickers. As the promotion says, one for each day and one for emergency. I guess you never know when an exciting new app might make someone mess their Armour.
It will be interesting to see if the Wireless Armour idea catches on. It’s scary to think that someone might Tweet that they are wearing their Wireless Armour or how they feel. Or worse, post a selfie.
The best we can hope for is that the radiation issue gets some serious study and the products are designed and built to protect the user so the user doesn’t have to resort to silver lined underwear.
I Wish My Daddy Had Worn Wireless Armour!