"Clothing is the first step to building a character."
At first we debated over whether to include clothes and shoes in our "gadget website", as they could hardly be considered gadgets.
But after doing a little research, we were surprised to find that there are tons of new high-tech garments on the market, or being developed. Honestly, as you will soon see below, most are worthless.
A few were worthy of mention because they appear to be quite useful or perfect for gift-giving. Just a taste below of what we found.
Stash Waterproof Pocket Shorts
This one's in the development stage
How many times have you been to the beach or pool and decided to take a dip? Same old problem every time: where to hide your valuables (cellphone, keys, wallet) while you swim?
These innovative swim shorts sport a patented waterproof pocket which is sewn into the lining of the pants. Swim as long as you like without worrying about your essentials getting wet OR being lost or stolen. Clever!
T-Qualizer El Lit Sound Activated Gradient Equalizer T-Shirt
(Try saying that after 2 beers)
A graphic equalizer t-shirt which dynamically changes with sounds or music.
Sure to turn heads at the dance club!
FlipSidez Custom Logo Flip Flops
Design your own personalized "sand-imprint" Flip Flops. Works best in sand but can also imprint in snow.
This would be a super gift for a beach-bound child; or outfit your entire beach wedding party with them.
Visit the seller's website here:
[Note: We receive no compensation for this recommendation.]
In our internet ramblings we came across some clothes and shoes that are actually, seriously being marketed as high-tech. We think they've gone off the deep end.
We admit it! We love our gadgets; but do you really need to sew them into your clothes?
These garments were voted by us "most likely to gather dust in your closet":
The Flexi Freeze Ice Vest
Scott e vest
The Flask Tie
Fabrican Spray-on Clothing
USB Necklace & Cufflinks
Beer Koozie Gloves
Scott e Vest Travel Boxers
The Ostrich Pillow
Ever wish someone would get you a Snuggie for Christmas?
But did you know what happens when you get up?
And speaking of backsides...
The Great Japanese See-Thru Skirt Hoax
A few years ago, 2003, to be exact, a story hit the 'Net about fake see-through skirts which had become the rage in Japan.
Images of bottoms/panties were painted onto normal skirts or dresses to give the illusion that you could actually see through their clothing.
The world noticed, and when requests started pouring into Japan to place orders for the skirts, it was revealed that the garments did not exist, and the pictures were actually just Photoshop manipulations.
Just had to give you a peek anyway:
And just when you think you've heard it all...
The Love Detection Bra
Those crazy Japanese inventors are at it again. One of their latest hi-tech gadgets is the True Love Tester Bra, touted as a "chastity belt for the breasts".
It supposedly opens only when the wearer displays physical responses (increased heart rate) indicative of loving feelings.
The bra contains heart rate sensors that communicate with a smartphone app via Bluetooth. When it detects that the heart rate is in a "sweet spot", Voila! The female is in love, and the bra pops open.
What a colossal waste of time, money and talent!
Wonder if they gave any thought to what would happen if the poor girl was the victim of a mugging?
Adrenaline response, heart racing, bra flips open and the real fun begins.
Good Lord! I guess I've spent most of this page on fun and games, but I sure enjoyed it. Now I'm back to work on serious recommendations.
We also decided to include a clothes and shoes section so we could share with you our select few favorites. We're not at all obsessed with "fashion" or high-priced "brand names". As far as clothing and shoes go, our priority is comfort, utility and durability.
Our favorites are on a short list, and we would like to expand it prior to launch. So, we invite you to nominate your own favorites via our Contact Us link. We may just try out your suggestion and then include it here! Simply explain why you think the item is special, and how it has worked out for you.
If we use your clothes or shoes story, we will feature it on the Home Page and in our RSS feed.