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This $300 Hoodie Is Designed to Outlive You

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Three hundred dollars may sound like a lot for a garment as basic as a hoodie, but if the manufacturer’s claims prove accurate, this may be the last one you ever need to buy. The 100 Year Hoodie is made from industrial-strength materials specifically chosen for their potential to last longer than the person wearing them.

As Co. Design reports, the clothing item is the latest creation from the designer sportswear company Vollebak. At first glance, it resembles the same simple cotton hoodies many people have hanging in their closets. It feels like one, too: The 100 Year Hoodie is a great option for lounging around the house. But if the day brings you outside, the sweatshirt can handle almost any condition. What feels like plush cotton is actually a softer version of Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests and space suits. The stitches, zipper, and drawstring are all ultra-high-quality, too, to resist wear and tear.

"Some of our favorite pieces of sports gear are the ones we’ve spent half our life with," Vollebak’s product description reads. "So every piece in the 100Y range is designed to last far beyond the normal life expectancy of clothing. This is kit built to last 100 years and be passed down to the next generation."

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While the fabric is engineered to maintain its form, the colors are meant to age. The 100 Year Hoodie: Raw Edition is what the material looks like in its undyed state. After just a few days in the sun, the pale yellow color matures to a deep ochre. The Granite Edition also changes color, fading from charcoal to a weathered gray the more it’s worn.

Vollebak specializes in reimagined hoodies. In 2015 it released the Baker Miller Pink hoodie, a pricey sweatshirt-straitjacket hybrid allegedly built for relaxation. At $295, the 100 Year Hoodie is also more expensive than your average piece of athletic wear. But if you plan on staying active until old age and want a hoodie that can keep up, it may be well worth the cost.

[h/t Co.Design]

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Scientists Have Launched an Earthquake Emoji Design Competition
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There’s no denying that emojis have changed the way we communicate. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words—and sometimes a thumbs up or crying face emoji will suffice. But could an earthquake emoji help save lives?

A group of scientists thinks it certainly couldn’t hurt. As The Seattle Times reports, a self-proclaimed #emojiquake steering committee is hosting an open competition for emoji earthquake designs that could be used to swiftly spread news of an imminent earthquake to diverse populations.

“We need an emoji so we can communicate quickly with much larger groups of people,” Dr. Sara McBride, a disaster researcher who works with the U.S. Geological Survey, told The Seattle Times. “People can process pictures faster than words, and not everybody is fluent in English.”

As McBride pointed out on Twitter, there are existing emojis to represent other weather events—like tornados and cyclones—but none to depict an earthquake.

Social media has proven instrumental in alerting large populations about impending natural disasters, giving them time to seek shelter or take proper precautions. According to the BBC, Japan and Mexico both rely on earthquake alerts sent to their digital devices via early warning technology.

The winning design will be chosen by popular vote on Twitter, and the steering committee will work with Unicode Consortium—essentially the world’s emoji gatekeepers—to get the earthquake emoji approved for widespread use on phones, computers, and social media.

You don’t have to be a scientist or graphic designer to enter the contest. The committee has already received more than 40 submissions, but entries will be accepted until July 14. Designs can be emailed to emojiquake@gmail.com, but be sure to check out the guidelines and size specifications on the #emojiquake website.

[h/t The Seattle Times]

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New 'Eye Language' Lets Paralyzed People Communicate More Easily
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The invention of sign language proved you don't need to vocalize to use complex language face to face. Now, a group of designers has shown that you don't even need control of your hands: Their new type of language for paralyzed people relies entirely on the eyes.

As AdAge reports, "Blink to Speak" was created by the design agency TBWA/India for the NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute and the Asha Ek Hope Foundation. The language takes advantage of one of the few motor functions many paralyzed people have at their disposal: eye movement. Designers had a limited number of moves to work with—looking up, down, left, or right; closing one or both eyes—but they figured out how to use these building blocks to create a sophisticated way to get information across. The final product consists of eight alphabets and messages like "get doctor" and "entertainment" meant to facilitate communication between patients and caregivers.

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This isn't the only tool that allows paralyzed people to "speak" through facial movements, but unlike most other options currently available, Blink to Speak doesn't require any expensive technology. The project's potential impact on the lives of people with paralysis earned it the Health Grand Prix for Good at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity earlier in June.

The groups behind Blink to Speak have produced thousands of print copies of the language guide and have made it available online as an ebook. To learn the language yourself or share it with someone you know, you can download it for free here.

[h/t AdAge]

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