Either as a culprit or a witness, we've all been there. Your niece's piano recital, your sister's wedding, your best friend's funeral. Wherever it's been, it never fails to happen: someone forgets to turn off their phone and, at the most inopportune time, a ringer detonates with as much tact as an air horn in a cathedral.
Thankfully, Victor Johansson has come up with a solution that could put an end to all that red-faced scrambling in pockets and purses. The UK-based designer has designed what he calls the Escape Jacket, a jacket that features a Faraday cage in its inside pocket. Simply slip your phone inside the pocket and all radio waves are blocked.
While today's 24/7-connected culture has no problem turning on and tuning in, they do have a problem with dropping out. Here's what the dreadlocked Johansson had to say about that:
Amen, brother. There's even an NFC chip embedded in the fabric that turns your phone's antenna off to save battery life.
I'm assuming Neil Young would endorse the Escape Jacket, albeit figuratively. Shakey's never been one for commercials. So in honor of the great Canadian bard and David Carr's great piece in the New York Times Magazine, I'm going to turn off my phone and drop out to "Cortez the Killer."
Credit: Victor Johansson