Carrying a phone in your pocket all day may seem harmless, but researchers have found evidence linking mobile devices to decreased fertility in men, according to Mail Online. While the theory that phones can damage sperm is highly debated, one physician is taking no risks and has released a line of underwear that will protect his privates from radiation. Concerned about the health of his ‘little swimmers’, Joseph Perkins from London has created a range of underwear fitted with silver ‘cages’ to protect them from the radiation.
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 the inventor. ‘With my physics background I knew there must be a way to shield from electromagnetic radiation using a simple solution.’ Described by Sir Richard Branson as ‘underpants for superheroes’, the Wireless Armour underwear contains a mesh of pure silver woven into the fabric that shields against 99.9% of electromagnetic radiation, which is emitted from devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops.
The mesh of silver is woven into the fabric of the pants, creating a so-called Faraday cage. Faraday cages, named after inventor Michael Faraday, are used to protect electronics from interference by blocking the current. For example, systems in parliament, banks and stock market servers are protected by the technology. In the Wireless Armour range, thin threads of silver are woven in with cotton during the production stage.
This strengthens the underwear, but also makes them antimicrobial, protecting them from bacteria and keeping them smelling fresh. Each pair has approximately 20 per cent silver woven into the fabric. Wireless Armour underpants are available in two styles – tight-fitting boxer briefs or loose trunks. There are then two versions of each, either a 360 model which protects from radiation in the front and back pockets, or an 180 model that only provides protection on the front of the body.
Wireless’ Armour’s Faraday cage fabric has been independently tested and was found to shield 99.97 per cent of Wi-Fi signals. Physics graduate and chief executive Mr Perkins launched an Indiegogo campaign last year to fund production of his underwear range, which is now on sale. The pants start from £24 ($38) a pair for 180 degree protection and up to £35 ($55) a pair for 360 degree protection.