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Geek Apparel of the Week: 8-bit Dynamic Lift Shirts

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This week’s geek apparel of the week is a triple-threat from ThinkGeek.com?it’s stylish, it’s incredibly nerdy and it’s a great Valentine’s Day gift. Here’s how it works: you and your partner each wear one of the shirts. A transmitter then detects how close or far apart the shirts are from each other. When you’re walking hand in hand, the shirts’ display a full, Zelda-style, heart-based life bar. When you dirft apart, the number of full hearts shrink until you get to that dreaded 2 and a 1/2 hearts-full bar (when the warning beeps start coming on?in the game, not the shirts).
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Brilliant! You can even fail to buy the transmitter, if you’re a cheapskate, or have no one that loves you. See it in action here!

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.