November 29, 2004
Student Invents Glow-In-Dark Underwear
HOUSTON - As if a plain old thong wasn't enough to accentuate what isn't covered, a Rice University MBA student has shed some neon light on the skin with a glow-in-the-dark version.
Beau Carpenter, an avid runner who also works at NASA, initially thought of creating glow-in-the-dark jogging clothes, but practicality evaporated when thongs captured his attention during his Internet research. He enlisted Chris Harris, an electrical engineering student at Rice, and Marcus Brocato, a chemistry lab manager at the Houston private university, to develop the GloThong.
"Being guys, it didn't take us long to gravitate to them," Carpenter told the Houston Chronicle in Sunday's editions. "My co-workers find it endlessly entertaining."
The thongs have lightweight, water-resistant batteries that, when fully charged, illuminate the straps for two hours in various neon colors, including blue, pink and yellow. Wearers can use a wall adapter to charge them up, but car chargers are available for those on the go.
They were a hit when the team recently took their invention to a topless bar in Dickinson.
"The women liked the product so much that they lined up to give us their real names and cell numbers," Carpenter said.
The thong will be available for $49.95 by mid-December, but the group intends to expand their offerings to include luminescent bras and bikinis.
"We're selling attention," Carpenter said. "You kind of feel like Cinderella until the Glo runs out."
On the Net: www.glothong.com