From the technophobic department, Zoe Papadopoulou at the Royal Academy of Art is making these shields for anything electric, knitting a copper filament in her cozies and electrically grounding it. This provides some shielding from the electromagnetic fields these devices emit. Truth is, however, that the waves running through the air (cell phone frequencies, mainly) are a lot farther reaching than those from your toaster. That’s why they invented shielding fabric and paint! They’re still nice as a social commentary art piece, though. – [via] Link.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Funda

    Sure they are cute, but what exactly are they supposed to be blocking and why?

  • Liz

    If they actually did anything, wouldn’t it be a bad idea to put one on a satellite dish? (At least, on one you plan to receive electromagnetic signals with…)

  • Nightingale

    WOW! The way I kit, that would take about fifty years, so for me, it would be a colossal waste of time and yarn, not much of a social commentary. How about a sleeve blocking the whole house? They’re awful cute, though….. Maybe you could send them aas a gift to a major news agency to use as a part of their next geopolitical statement piece.

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