Informative Swimwear

In 2005, Robert Dickey and Ruth Stephens filed a patent application for "swimwear as information device." Their idea was to make a line of swimwear that displayed maritime signal flags. This would allow people to communicate messages to those around them via their swimwear. They explained:

By using the appropriate international Signal flag or combination of international signal flags, different meanings can be communicated depending on the intentions of the wearer. For example, and individual could be wearing a covering garment (e.g. a jacket or Sweatshirt or the like) that prominently displays the international Signal flag "X-Ray', communicating the message "Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals'. When the wearer sees someone with whom he or she would like to communicate with, the covering garment could be removed, revealing another article of apparel (e.g. a Swimsuit) displaying a Second international Signal flag "Kilo', communicating the message "I wish to communicate with you'.

The possible messages one could send seemed limitless, but they were never granted a patent. Perhaps the idea of messages on clothing was deemed too obvious.

There's also the limitation that only people conversant with maritime signal flags could decode the messages, which would make the various 'stay away' messages somewhat pointless.





     Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 26, 2020
     Category: Boats | Fashion | Inventions | Languages | Double Entendres and Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink





Comments
I'd be more concerned about the miscommunications opposite to the one mentioned about the various 'stay away' messages. For example, what if only the wearer didn't know she was telling everyone, "There is good holding ground in my area."?
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 04/26/20 at 09:44 AM
How about a reminder that "my flags are up down here."?
Posted by KDP on 04/26/20 at 11:19 AM
Ooh, lord, yes Virtual. Imagine wearing a white suit with a blue border all around it...

"All aboard noe!"
Posted by Richard Bos on 05/02/20 at 01:30 PM
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