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Modding your shirt for summer

Modding your shirt for summer

Keep cool in the heat with a fan modded into your shirt.

While Blighty suffers continual flooding, thunder and lightening, hailstorms and downpours that make monsoons look like a sprinkle, we hope that everyone else in the northern hemisphere is properly seasonally adjusted. If the sun decides it finally wants to show its face and warm up this grey, old country we might have to consider some sort of personal cooling.

If you are in a country where you're sweaty in the summer and the office has no air-con because they're on an "energy efficiency drive", how about some personal cooling from a USB powered fan attached to your shirt? Akihbara news has the scoop that will guarantee to keep those sweaty armpits to a minimum and also by the looks of things, blows you up like a balloon as well.

Cool, huh?

Do you mod your own clothing? Would you buy this sort of thing? Drop us some comments with what you think.

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Amon 5th July 2007, 20:40 Quote
Wow. Just wow. Honestly.
Spacecowboy92 5th July 2007, 20:43 Quote
Im way ahead of you, had some fans lying around on a hot day. Did a hat and massive cardbord box to. Only problem was, you had to be within 1 meter of a power outlet.
Agamer 5th July 2007, 20:44 Quote
The sad thing is, that if it wasn't for the strange way it makes the shirt look this would be a fantastic idea! Well at least I think so.
Amon 5th July 2007, 20:48 Quote
This just gave me an idea of just slapping on a dozen 144cfm 120mm's onto an old T-shirt. I'd just need to sit by a computer with an open side panel to access the Molex connectors though and all the wiring will be visibly hanging from the shirt. Now that would a hilarious project log to read.
Hugo.B 5th July 2007, 21:08 Quote
Mmmmmmm.
The smell of vaporized sweat.


H.B.
proxess 5th July 2007, 21:28 Quote
gotta bother DXR so we come up with a plan to mass produce these...
Stickeh 5th July 2007, 21:32 Quote
Has anyone seen the fancy dress costumes with these fans in?

Friend has a clown suit one and it looks hilarious!

And the kid across the road has a superman one that blows him up from 4 year old to, lift 4 tonnes year old! :D
Tyinsar 5th July 2007, 22:34 Quote
Years ago I did some re-shingling (student summer job). What worked best to keep cool in the hot sun while up on the roof? Baggy white cotton coveralls with nothing but underwear under them :D . The white hard-hat also worked well and if it wasn't for the steel toed boots and it would have been perfect.

Anyway, silly looking shirt and as Stikeh pointed out, nothing new but somebody making it work on USB.

Hopefully this doesn't sound racist but what is it with Asian "inventors" and USB?.
DougEdey 5th July 2007, 22:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stickeh
Has anyone seen the fancy dress costumes with these fans in?

Friend has a clown suit one and it looks hilarious!

And the kid across the road has a superman one that blows him up from 4 year old to, lift 4 tonnes year old! :D

I have the original pumpkin one at home.
DXR_13KE 6th July 2007, 00:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
gotta bother DXR so we come up with a plan to mass produce these...

lets do it!!!!! this is great to use with the academic clothes that sometimes, especially in night clubs, become rather hot.
now lets concentrate on summer time, it is rather hot and humid here.
Duste 6th July 2007, 00:33 Quote
That's just retarded.

'Nuff said.
Mr. Oizo 6th July 2007, 00:51 Quote
And I thought I was crazy with a few fans infront of my desk and above my bed :p
metarinka 6th July 2007, 01:06 Quote
I work as a welder and this would be marvelous, because of the ventilation needed we can't/don't Air condition the area I work in, on top of that, the welds and torches throw off a lot of heat, the equivelant of standing too close to a fire, and finally no matter how hot it is I'm wearing leather jackets, steel toed boots, leather aprons, insulated gloves, welding helmets etc. In short it's always sweltering, I would happily wear some stupid fan shirt if it helped protect me from the 120 deg air I stand in.
C-Sniper 6th July 2007, 03:04 Quote
^^ that sucks
Unless it was watercooled i would not wear it (and yes they have special shirts/suits that are water cooled)
pendragon 6th July 2007, 03:21 Quote
what about fan-cooled pants?
Neji 6th July 2007, 04:29 Quote
Not a good idea for hairy dudes :)
zachjowi 6th July 2007, 04:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by metarinka
I work as a welder and this would be marvelous, because of the ventilation needed we can't/don't Air condition the area I work in, on top of that, the welds and torches throw off a lot of heat, the equivelant of standing too close to a fire, and finally no matter how hot it is I'm wearing leather jackets, steel toed boots, leather aprons, insulated gloves, welding helmets etc. In short it's always sweltering, I would happily wear some stupid fan shirt if it helped protect me from the 120 deg air I stand in.

that sounds like aht ecnc shop I work in. the machines are always pouring off heat and there is no AC
raGe82 6th July 2007, 06:45 Quote
It's not to healthy for kidneys - it blows on 'em all the time
M_D_K 6th July 2007, 09:16 Quote
seems like a silly idea tbh your just resurculating the hot air around your shirt and making your self look like a pie eater, plus i've seen that before somehwere :S
RTT 6th July 2007, 09:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by M_D_K
making your self look like a pie eater

:) so true. and just circulating the smell of your sweat
Dr. Strangelove 6th July 2007, 09:40 Quote
You know that would work great here in the UK, we just have to mount a heating element in front of the fan.. Presto you have a shirt heater instead of a cooler

Edit:
Now if we could only figure out a way to turn Bush's missile shield into a rain shield....
Godboy_g 6th July 2007, 13:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by pendragon
what about fan-cooled pants?

Well, that would depend on exactly WHERE the fans were located.....
proxess 6th July 2007, 22:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pendragon
what about fan-cooled pants?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neji
Not a good idea for hairy dudes :)
*Shivers in fear*
saxman 7th July 2007, 07:05 Quote
I think it would wok great if the fan was mounted in the bottom rear and the neck was allowed to vent in the front. unfortunately that creates quite the warm humid odor. I would love such a thing standing in front of a CNC all day with no A/C and no breeze in the shop.
SlappKnutts 13th July 2007, 22:05 Quote
metarinka I work in a fiberglass factory, so I work in close to the level of uncomfort as you do. We do have portable fresh air filters (for some of the guys) that blow fresh air into the helmet/mask. I turned it down since I move around alot while spraying but for the guys that can stay in one spot it works pretty good. You might try to get your boss to look into something like that, I don't know if theres any full body suits but cool air into your helmet would be better than nothing at all!
The_Beast 13th July 2007, 22:20 Quote
cool/good idea
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