With so many electronics in constant proximity to, uh, sensitive areas, it was only a matter of time until someone started making protective underwear full of silver. That’s the idea behind the U.K.-based startup Wireless Armour.
Wireless Armour CEO Joseph Perkins, a 26-year-old physics graduate, was inspired to do something when he looked into the effects his electronics could be having on his health. He found research linking wireless radiation to low sperm counts and low sperm motility in men.
“I found this so shocking that I decided there had to be a solution,” Perkins said in an Indiegogo campaign video. So he developed underwear made from a unique fabric containing pure silver fibers that he says blocks 99.9 percent of electromagnetic radiation from devices like phones, tablets and laptops. Hat tip Ubergizmo.
Besides being protective, silver has antimicrobial properties that help minimize smelliness. Silver undies don’t come cheap. One pair on costs £14, about $26, from Wireless Armour’s Indiegogo site. So far the campaign has raised a small percent of its $50,000 goal but there’s still about a month left.
The startup is also planning to make bras for women, although I’m not sure how much that would help. Scientists have looked at the effects of wireless radiation on sperm but studies so far haven’t shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancer risk, according to the National Cancer Institute. More research is needed. In the meantime, dudes, it can’t hurt to slip into some silver.
Photo: A pair of Wireless Armour underwear containing silver fibers. Credit: Wireless Armour