Underwear designed to prevent male infertility caused by radiation from smartphones and laptops has been unveiled by a British scientist.
The Wireless Armour underwear contains a mesh of pure silver woven into the fabric that Inventor Joseph Perkins says shields against 99.9 per cent of electromagnetic radiation, which is emitted from devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Whether or not this radiation can impact fertility rates in humans is still an open question though some studies, including one from the University of Exeter in 2014, suggest there is a strong link between exposure to electromagnetic radiation and a lower sperm count.
"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 Perkins.
"With my physics background I knew there must be a way to shield from electromagnetic radiation using a simple solution. Wireless Armour has been tested by an industry leader in wireless shielding and the results show that our fabric shields against 99.9 per cent of the radiation emitted between 100MHz to 2.6GHz.
"Put simply, this covers the entire range of radiation emitted by wireless devices, from voice and text through to 4G and Wi-Fi, almost everything is blocked."
The silver in the underpants disrupts the flow of electromagnetic radiation as silver is an excellent conductor of electricity, and therefore distributes it evenly around the mesh.
The underwear, which ranges in price from £24 to £35, has been described by Sir Richard Branson as "underpants for superheroes", according to the Wireless Armour website.