Viridian Note 00253: Air-Conditioned ClothingBruce Sterling <email@example.com>
2 Jul 2001 21:32:34 -0000
Attention Conservation Notice: It's about a new form of clothing from the Australian military-industrial complex.
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"CSIRO Media Release
"Australian scientists have invented a new high tech vest to help keep soldiers and emergency workers alive in the searing temperatures of deserts, mines and major fires. (((A handsome new garment with obvious "khaki- green" weather-violence applications.)))
"The vest uses a personal cooling system (PCS), jointly developed by CSIRO and Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).
"It is designed to be worn by military personnel underneath NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) clothing, body armour and other protective uniforms, by emergency services workers wearing protective clothing and by miners working underground."
(((This vest is just what you need to clean out a
Greenhouse-flooded toxic swamp, in a blacked-out
biological research complex, in suffocating humidity, amid
swarms of diseased mosquitos. Then consider the civilian
apps! This CSIRO vest, suitably remodelled, would make a
great three-piece vest for crisp urban professionals in
cities prostrated by heat waves. Never let them see you
sweat! Urban bicycle messengers offer a clear clean-
energy niche: the faster you pedal, the cooler you
"(...) 'The PCS is based on new, patented heat pipe technology which works by collecting body heat through vapour filled cavities in a vest worn on the body. The heat is then transferred via a flexible heat pipe to the atmosphere with the help of an evaporative cooling heat exchanger,' Dr Bando says. (((In other words, it's an artificial sweating system.)))
"It has been launched for commercial development by the joint owners of the technology, CSIRO and DSTO. Commercialisation will be undertaken by Freehills Technology Services (FTS) in partnership with the Victorian State Government, through its Technology Commercialisation Program." (((They're just sitting there begging for someone to license them! Quick, tell the skateboarders.)))
"For more information contact
Dr Pratish Bandopadhayay
Dr Dilip Manuel
Dr Tony Lau
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