Underpants that block potentially harmful electromagnetic radiation from smartphones and laptops have been developed in the UK
A British scientist has developed a new line of underpants called Wireless Armour, that aims to protect male fertility by blocking electromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi devices such as smartphones and laptops.
Described by Sir Richard Branson as “underpants for superheroes”, the pants use a mesh of pure silver woven into fabric, which disrupts the flow of electromagnetic radiation due to silver being a conductor of electricity – a bit like a Faraday cage.
Any electromagnetic radiation becomes distributed evenly around the silver mesh, preventing it from flowing through the fabric, according to Joseph Perkins, who developed the underpants after a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
Independent tests show that Wireless Armour’s “RadiaTex” fabric shields against 99.9 per cent of the radiation emitted between 100MHz to 2.6GHz. This covers the entire range of radiation emitted by wireless devices, from voice and text through to 4G and Wi-Fi.
Furthermore, the silver fibres in Wireless Armour are highly anti-microbial, which means they increase hygiene by preventing the spread of bacteria and other microbes that cause smells.
“Like so many people, my smartphone and laptop use has increased dramatically in recent years which made me realise that I was exposing myself to large amounts of electromagnetic radiation, mostly centred on my groin” said Mr Perkins.
“With my Physics background I knew there must be a way to shield from electromagnetic radiation using a simple solution.”
While the theory that phones can damage sperm is highly debated, a recentreview by the University of Exeter revealed a correlation between electromagnetic radiation and lower sperm health.
A separate study conducted in Argentina showed that only four hours of exposure to a WiFi-enabled laptop kills 25 per cent of the sperm in the sample.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation claims that electromagnetic radiation is possibly carcinogenic to humans, assigning it to the category 2B – the same category as petrol exhaust fumes and other pollutants.
The Wireless Armour underpants cost between £24 and £35 and can be purchased at www.wirelessarmour.co.uk.