We are bathing in electromagnetic forces, natural and man-made. Some people worry that “electro-smog” from cellphones and WiFi are hurting us. EMF also radiates from electric motors and even from wires that carry alternating current. While most scientists, not to mention the World Health Organization, say it's all harmless, (they would, wouldn’t they?) others are convinced it’s worse than Ebola and is poisoning us all. Nobody is really sure; even the WHO “has promoted further research on this group [serious phone users]. Several studies investigating potential health effects in children and adolescents are underway."

While I've had some fun with EMF on TreeHugger, the fact is we still don’t really know. I was surprised just last week when my audiologist expressed concern about my having bluetooth-broadcasting hearables in my ears all day. So it isn’t all tinfoil-hat craziness.

But just in time for Christmas, if you want a tinfoil hat, you can now get one that's really stylish. And just as every cloud has a silver lining, Shieldware has introduced a beanie and a baseball cap that are lined with “unique fabric (pure silver) which is 100% antimicrobial, anti-odor, washable and was originally produced for military purposes.” They explain on Kickstarter:

Our bodies are exposed to a variety of signals the whole day — cellphones, Wi-Fi, satellites, TV and radio, microwaves, electric devices, lights or heavy doses of cosmic rays during the flight. It's not a long time ago that new kinds of signals appeared and have become a part of our households and ordinary lives. You know, you can care about switching off these devices when you do not need them, but your neighbours might not.

hat A cute hat that protects you from those EMF rays (Photo: Shield Ware)

But they do make some claims that I think might be questionable:

Our headwear is antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti radiation, anti-odor, antistatic, and radar and infra-red invisible. It has electric field shielding (EMI), radio frequency shielding (RFI) and microwave shielding.

Sorry, you would have to wear a solid lead army helmet to stop all of those. There are no details about what the solid silver fabric really is, and weirdly, the Kickstarter and Shield website show photos of two guys on the About Us page, but neither gives their names, which doesn't inspire confidence. But they are the best-looking tinfoil hats I have seen yet.

A commenter on the Kickstarter site notes: “You guys should come out with an entire line of shielded clothing. That way I can block all those death rays from head to foot!!!” In fact, other companies have been looking at this, and on TreeHugger, we have shown Safety Shorts and EMF-proof underwear. And for your face, there is Clarins E3P spray-on mist.

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Lloyd Alter ( @lloydalter ) writes about smart (and dumb) tech with a side of design and a dash of boomer angst.