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  • 08.13.10

Almost Genius: Keep Pervs Off Your Kid, With Alarm-Rigged Playsuit

Fashion to the rescue!

Almost Genius: Keep Pervs Off Your Kid, With Alarm-Rigged Playsuit

Pedophiles are everywhere, and they want your child: Fashion, to the rescue! Introducing Safe Cuddling, a fluffy playsuit that keeps the bad men away.

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Safe Cuddling sounds an alarm — Flashlights! Bells! — if touched for too long and/or in inappropriate places. At first, the suit blinks gently. But keep pawing away, and the alarm goes berserk, turning your precious little lamb into a wailing pervert klaxon. This thing’ll make your local Catholic Church sound like a tornado siren.

[You can see the flashing light on the kid’s shoulder]

The designer, Helge Fischer, explains his concept: “The ?Safe Cuddling” suit allows for the innocent cuddling of children by helping adults to maintain their integrity.? Here’s a diagram of the no-touch zones:

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Safe Cuddling is meant to send up our collective obsession with (and rank irrationality about) children’s safety. But when Fischer, a recent grad from the Royal College of Art, in London, and a friend took Safe Cuddling to the playground, something curious happened. Parents got waaaaaay serious. Check the video here:

What’s more disturbing: The suit or the parents? reactions? It’s a joke product, but one that we could see inspiring a real market among people who already own leashes for their kids and have bear mace and tasers in their purses.

[Images courtesy of Helge Fischer]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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