#802: Swellsuit

Muggers and hoodlums seem to sense when someone is vulnerable to attack on the street.

Taking a leaf out of nature’s book, today’s invention is a coat which senses fear on the part of the wearer (perhaps by detecting hairs suddenly standing on the back of one’s neck at the same time as palm sweating). It then gradually releases the contents of a small cannister of compressed air into specially placed bladders inside the coat.

This causes the coat to swell strategically, making the wearer look bigger, brawnier and much less like a potential target for attack…something like a cat arching its back to deter rivals.

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