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The Self-Drying Jacket From Back to the Future Part II Is Finally Here

The world has been waiting impatiently for auto-lacing sneakers and self-drying jackets since 1989 when Marty McFly first wore them in Back to the Future II. Cut to 2015, and our technological prayers have been answered. Nike gifted Michael J. Fox with the first ever pair of auto-lacing Nike MAGs back in October, and now you can pre-order your own self-drying jacket from a wearable tech company called Falyon.

For those unfamiliar with the sequel, when McFly travels through time from 1985 to 2015, he encounters a world that has made major technological advances. In addition to hoverboards and holograms, McFly finds that the fashions of the future are very different, including a jacket with a built-in system for keeping the wearer dry. Falyon has developed a working replica of the jacket and has recently launched a Kickstarter project to help fund production of the iconic outerwear. The SDJ-01 boasts exhaust vents, a power cell, a power switch, and air amplifiers, plus a few standard features, like, you know, pockets.

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One feature that BTTF fans will notice is not included in the Falyon model is the ability for the jacket to adjust the length of the sleeves to match its owner, but the drying technology may be enough to sway them. With a Kickstarter donation of at least $149, you can reserve your limited edition jacket in charcoal black, cobalt blue, metallic silver, or titanium white, and for $10 extra you can reserve a special edition jacket in a classic red-and-black combo, like the one from the film.

The crowdfunding project has managed to raise over $4700 with only 24 backers, and at the time of this post, has two and a half weeks left to raise the remaining $7300 of its goal. Click through to Kickstarter if you want to help make this 26-year-old fantasy come true.

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This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark
The Force Field Cloak
The Force Field Cloak

Many kids have a security blanket they bring to bed with them every night, but sometimes, a regular blankie is no match for the monsters that invade their imaginations once the lights are off. Now there’s a glow-in-the-dark blanket designed to make children feel safer in bed, no night light required.

Dubbed the Force Field Cloak, the fleece blanket comes in several colorful, glowing patterns that remain invisible during the day. At night, you leave the blanket under a bright light for about 10 minutes, then the shining design will reveal itself in the dark. The glow lasts 8 to 10 hours, just long enough to get a child through the night.

Inventor Terry Sachetti was inspired to create the blanket by his own experiences struggling with scary nighttime thoughts as a kid. "I remember when I was young and afraid of the dark. I would lie in my bed at night, and my imagination would start getting the best of me," he writes on the product's Kickstarter page. "I would start thinking that someone or something was going to grab my foot that was hanging over the side of the bed. When that happened, I would put my foot back under my blanket where I knew I was safe. Nothing could get me under my blanket. No boogiemen, no aliens, no monsters under my bed, nothing. Sound familiar?"

The Force Field Cloak, which has already surpassed its funding goals on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter, takes the comfort of a blanket to the next level. The glowing, non-toxic ink decorating the material acts as a gentle night light that kids can wrap around their whole body. The result, the team claims, is a secure feeling that quiets those thoughts about bad guys hiding in the shadows.

To pre-order a Force Field Cloak, you can pledge $36 or more to the product’s Indiegogo campaign. It is expected to start shipping in January 2018.

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Pantone Names 'Ultra Violet' 2018's Color of the Year
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Time to retire your green apparel inspired by 2017’s color of the year: The color experts at Pantone have chosen a new shade to represent 2018. As The New York Times reports, trend followers can expect to see Ultra Violet popping up on runways in coming months.

The decision was made after Pantone scattered a team around the world to search current street styles, high fashion, art, and popular travel destinations for the up-and-coming “it” color. The brand describes the winner, PANTONE 18-3838, as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade.”

Fashion plays a large part in the selection of the color of the year, but Pantone also considers the broader socio-political atmosphere. Some may see Ultra Violet as a nod to our stormy political climate, but the company’s announcement cast it in a more optimistic light.

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now,” it reads. “The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

The color is associated with some of music’s greatest icons, like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. The architect Frank Lloyd Wright also had a special attachment to the color and wore it when he was in need of creative inspiration. When it’s not sparking artistic thinking, purple is sometimes used to promote mindfulness in mediation spaces. So if you’re feeling stressed about whatever the new year holds, stare at the hue above for a few seconds and see if it doesn’t calm you down.

[h/t The New York Times]

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