#1047: Cowlloud

Wearing a goose down insulated coat recently, I found myself in a rainstorm with the hood up, just before crossing the road. Bad move. It turns out that this material, which is great at heat insulation, also forms a really good sound barrier.

Today’s invention is a way to help hood wearers avoid getting run over.

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It consists of a pair of inbuilt earbuds which are wired to a pair of small microphones on the outside of the hood. This would be good for getting to sleep in noisy, outside environments…to silence the background din, just switch off one’s mics.

I’d also like these to be steerable by the wearer, so that one could listen more clearly to certain noise sources rather than others by pointing the mics in that direction.

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