• Forget the club soda and leave the napkin on your lap. There is finally a shirt for every klutz who spills soda and drips soup on themselves.

    It’s calling the Silic shirt and it’s made from a fabric bonded with hydrophobic nanotechnology that repels water like a raindrop on a leaf.

    That means the days of, “what’s that on your shirt?” are finally over.

    The “self-cleaning” shirt impressively withstands a shower fit for a Super Bowl winning head coach, without leaving a single drop.

    The shirt was designed by Aamir Patel of California, who believes that we’re in the early stages of implementing technology into all of our clothes.

    The Silic shirt is available for pre-order on Kickstarter now for $48 and will be available online soon.

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  • Patrick Priebe was a lab technician, working in Wuppertal, Germany, before he became a real-life Tony Stark.

    Priebe, as evidenced by his extensive trove of YouTube videos, is an amateur maker of elaborate laser guns. The 30-year-old’s work caught our eye when we saw his version of “Iron Man’s” laser glove. You know, the one that Tony Stark uses in the Marvel movies to pulverize his enemies.

    Pulse lasers that pop balloons, ornate steampunk blasters, mini laser guns -- Priebe assembles whatever he can imagine in his apartment without plans or blueprints.

    He built his first laser after being inspired by the weapons in the original “Battlestar Galactica” television series from the late 1970s. After he was let go from his technician job, Priebe turned to laser-making full-time, selling custom work to clients who watch his YouTube videos.

    Priebe is quick to point out that although he calls the lasers “guns,” they are not intended to be used as weapons. That said, some of the lasers could harm

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  • We all know that driving when sleepy is dangerous, and the statistics prove it. Drowsy driving accounts for more than 100,000 crashes a year and 1,500 deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    Now three recent University of Pennsylvania mechanical engineering graduates are doing something about it.

    For their senior design project, Drew Karabinos, 23, Jason Gui, 23, and Jonathan Kern, 22, created Vigo, a wearable headset that uses an infrared sensor that tracks your alertness. Vigo works like any other Bluetooth headset and connects to your phone. When you’re about to nod off, Vigo jolts you awake, either with music, a flashing LED light or a gentle vibration.

    “When we were doing Senior Design and brainstorming [about] the problems we experience ourselves that we want to solve,” said Gui, “and we realized that getting drowsy when we didn’t want to be was a problem we all had.”

    Vigo is their answer. In addition to driving, it can be used to keep you awake

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