I Have Seen The Future, And It's A One-Handed Magnetic Zipper

I Have Seen the Future and It's a One-Handed Magnetic Zipper

Under Armour is making the bold claim that it's finally "fixed zippers". And while its innovative new Magzip feature probably isn't going to change the entire world, it's still a vast improvement to clothing technology that hasn't evolved in in almost 100 years. It's also voodoo magic.

If you've ever fumbled trying to connect the two loose ends of a zipper — and really, who hasn't? — you'll immediately see the value in Under Armour's new approach that uses a strong magnet and a re-engineered clasp to automatically guide the two ends of a zipper together, allowing you to do up a coat with just one hand.

I Have Seen the Future and It's a One-Handed Magnetic Zipper

The idea for the Magzip actually came from an engineer named Scott Peters, who originally designed it to allow those dealing with conditions that inhibit their fine motor control and coordination to more easily dress themselves. Perfecting the mechanism required about 25 different prototypes, but the final version was patented and eventually licensed by Under Armour for a new line of clothing and jackets destined for a late 2014 release.

Until then you'll have to keep fumbling, but with less frustration knowing a solution is en route. [Under Armour]


Comments

    Any plans for bluetooth control of the zipper via your favourite smartphone?

      I can't say it's a safe purchase until you can connect it to your TV via HDMI

      Google Now integration so it automatically adjusts your zipper dependent on the ambient temperature!

      What colours does it come in? Where's the fingerprint scanner go?

    This is insane and lots of people are going to get killed on escalators and elevators

    am I a bad person because the first thing I thought of was to reverse the magnet in someones jacket and laugh while they struggle to zip it up?

    (assuming it's two magnets, if it's just the one I'll magnetize the opposing clasp so the magnetic poles are facing each other)

    [quote]The idea for the Magzip actually came from an engineer named Scott Peters, who originally designed it to allow those dealing with conditions that inhibit their fine motor control and coordination to more easily dress themselves[/quote]

    Do you think poor Scott is disappointed that his well-meaning invention was licensed by a high price sports company, to make lazy peoples lives easier, rather than helping people?

    The first gif is totally wrong. It shows zipper teeth as already interlocked before the zip has gone through it.

      Probably because that'd be a real pain in the shit to animate :P

    If you don't use your other hand to hold the bottom down, it'll just bunch up when you raise the zipper, unless your jacket is made out of lead

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