Signal-jamming coat hides your devices from prying eyes

This isn't the first time a garment has promised to protect our privacy, but to an Austrian design team's credit, this one looks a lot cozier.

Jammer Coat, Cloak of Invisibility
This guy is hiding something. Markus Pillhofer

Put on the oversized CHBL Jammer Coat and everyone will think you've thrown an Ikea comforter over your shoulders. Joke's on them, though, as this bedding-lookalike is more than just a fashion statement.

Constructed of "metallized" fabrics, the signal-jamming coat promises to block radio waves to keep you and your personal tech devices hidden. It's like a kinder, gentler Faraday cage.

Markus Pillhofer

While it's blocking technology, it's simultaneously tech-enabled. Several pockets have been incorporated into the clothing to hold gadgets of varying sizes.

"You are no longer reach-able on your mobile phone and no information from your credit card can be captured," reads a description of the garment, created by a team from Vienna architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, headed by its principal Wolf D. Prix. "The Wave Circle pattern of the fabric gives an illusion of strange multiple body parts, which hides and frees the individual physicality."

As with designer Kunihiko Morinaga's line of clothes crafted from radio-frequency-shielding fabric that supposedly deflects your phone's electromagnetic waves, this one's not for sale. The magical garment will be part of "Abiti da lavoro" ("Work Clothes"), an upcoming art exhibition in Milan, Italy, that runs through August.

In the meantime, you can make your own cloak of invisibility with a Slanket and lots of tin foil.

(Via designboom)

About the author

Rusty Blazenhoff has been deeply involved in cyberculture for more than 20 years, and immersed in pop culture since getting her first copy of Dynamite magazine. She loves kitsch, quirky artifacts of Americana, and enjoying island life in Alameda, Calif., with her daughter. She makes a mean Fluffernutter.


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