Wireless Armour underwear: A Faraday cage for your nether regions
By Dave Parrack
April 30, 2014
Although there is yet to be conclusive evidence that radiation emitted by mobile phones and other wireless devices is damaging to male fertility, some studies have shown at least a potential link. This is why the makers of Wireless Armour have stepped in to try and provide some protection with nothing less than underwear that encases your nether regions in a Faraday cage.
Some studies have shown several effects of electromagnetic radiation on male fertility, including lower sperm counts, lower sperm motility, and changes to viability and morphology. Joseph Perkins' solution is for men to don underwear made from a cotton weave material that has pure silver fibers incorporated into it. Perkins says these silver fibers form a Faraday cage that blocks the electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless devices.
According to Perkins, in tests reportedly carried out by an "industry leader in wireless shielding," the Wireless Armour underwear blocks 99.99 percent of the electromagnetic radiation emitted between 100 MHz and 2.6 GHz, which covers the full range of radiation emitted by mobile devices.
If you're a.) convinced radiation from your phone has the potential to affect your fertility and b.) convinced a Faraday cage in the form of underwear is the solution, then Wireless Armour may be for you. If so, a pledge on Indiegogo of £14 (US$24) is enough to reward you with a pair of Wireless Armour underwear if and when it gets turned into a full product. This means Perkins and co. will have to sell a lot of underwear to hit their funding goal of £30,000 ($50,000).
For those not convinced by the ability of Wireless Armour to fend off radiation, the silver mesh reportedly also increases the lifespan of the product and affords it antimicrobial properties. However, its makers are not claiming it will filter your farts in the same way as Shreddies are claimed to do.
The video below shows Perkins talking about his belief that electromagnetic radiation causes male infertility as well as the thinking behind the creation of Wireless Armour. With prototypes already having been produced, the Wireless Armour range of underwear is at the final design stage.
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