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Betabrand Launches Anti-Paparazzi Flashback Collection


We’re not sure how appealing this will be to the common person who isn’t routinely assaulted by paparazzi, but it’s an interesting concept nonetheless. Created by DJ Chris Holmes, the Flashback collection is a line of garments coated in crystal nanospheres that reflect light, which makes the clothing light up when photographed with a flash. This has the effect of ruining photos, by messing up the camera’s exposure settings. When not exposed to a flash, the fabric looks pretty normal. Currently being crowdfunded, the Flashback Photobomber Hoodie requires a $205.20 pledge to own, while the suit jacket pictured above is $406.30.


[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Cut-Resistant Fabric Could Help You Keep Your Skin In One Piece

If your line of work has you traveling to places where knife wielding miscreants may want to harm you, you’d be well advised to look into PPSS’s line of cut resistant clothing. Made from a new fabric called Cut-Tex® PRO, these garments protect you from a surprising level of knife slashes. They apparently exceed strict ISO standards for such things (we didn’t know these existed, to be honest), and will keep you intact possibly long enough for you to either get away or reach for a sidearm. Keep in mind that there are two important words here: resistant and slashes. This means they are not completely impossible to cut, so if you want to test them by hugging a running chainsaw, you’re gonna have a bad time. And if someone stabs at you (as opposed to a slash)… well, tough luck. The knife will likely go inside of you, maybe with some of the clothing wrapped around it. Still, some protection is better than no protection, and PPSS has seen success selling these garments outside of the personal security industry, focusing on the flat glass, sheet metal, and automotive field where workers can get cut on a regular basis. To give you an idea of the price, a sweater is said to run around $315.

Hit the jump for a terrible video of the fabric in action, plus links.

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Self-Cleaning Cloth Developed, Underwear Only Matter Of Time

By David Ponce

Oh those scientists, always looking out for mankind. Now researchers at the University of California, Davis, have come up with a self-cleansing cloth. They’ve taken regular old cotton and covered it with a new compound called 2-anthraquinone carboxylic acid, or 2-AQC. When exposed to light, 2-ACQ releases chemicals (hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide) that harm bacteria and break down other organic compounds. More importantly, perhaps, is that 2-ACQ has been shown to bond strongly to cellulose and doesn’t simply wash off like other self-cleaning products. Not that you’d want to wash them. Because we all know what we’re going to be doing with this stuff. And that’s not washing the heck out of it. Just to see…

Better yet, the fabric may not be that far away from hitting the market. Although still at the research phase and “although 2-AQC is more expensive than other compounds, the researchers say that cheaper equivalents are available.”

[ UC Davis Page ] VIA [ MedGadget ]