So, here's a question: 60 years from now (or whenever your favorite operating system was born), will there still be room for innovation on today's computing platforms? Or, will the string bikini -- now 60 years old -- outlive them all. As Reuters reports, Canada-based Solestrom has a new bikini that fetches $190 and no, it's not exclusive availability in some Beverly Hills boutique that's responsible for the high pricetag. It's the technology in the bikini that warns the person wearing it when they've been exposed to too much UV radiation. Said the Reuters report of the anti-cancer bikini:
Garassa said the meter on the $190 bikini displays a level of UV intensity on a scale from 0 to 20. A person's sensitivity to UV depends mainly on skin type, but generally three to five would be considered moderate strength, 8 to 10 very high and anything above 11 extreme....Garassa said the company was already seeing high demand from Australia and South Africa, which have the world's highest skin cancer rates. The United States has about 1 million new skin cancer cases each year.
My question: Is there an offing in the works for us guys that don't wear bikinis? Or, is it time for me to sacrifice fashion for safety at the beach (go ahead, mash up a photo of me in a bikini and I'll post it here).
For 10 bonus points, how did the bikini get its name? Also from the Reuters story:
The two-piece suit was officially named the bikini in July 1946 by French automotive engineer Louis Reard who persuaded nude dancer Micheline Bernardini to appear in his design at a Paris beauty contest....Reard named the design after Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, where the United States tested an atomic bomb, because he thought the excitement over the suit would be like an explosion.
I never knew car design and beachwear design went hand in hand with each other (notwithstanding the covers of some automotive magazines).