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Ever worried that your smartphone is putting just a little bit too much of itself on show? Well worry no more, thanks to SmartPants, the latest eccentric invention from Japan. Available in several different colours and designs, these iPhone “pants” are the brainchild of Japanese video game maker Bandai and are being marketed …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A new patent for male birth control is now on the cards.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Dear Sirs,

      We have considered your patent application for an iPhone home button protector, and our reply is: "knickers to that".

  2. Khaptain Silver badge

    Why bother with tthe phone

    Alternatively the people that buy these "revolutionary ideas " could simply walk around with a pair of underwear on their own heads.

    1. thesykes

      Re: Why bother with tthe phone

      with a pencil up each nostril, saying pa-paaa? wubble.

  3. LinkOfHyrule
    Paris Hilton

    It's not that crazy you know...

    There was a time just a few years back when it was trendy for people (well some people) in this country to put their phones in knitted socks! So we shouldn't laugh!

    Paris 'cus were talking undies here and she's the obvious icon

    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: It's not that crazy you know...

      Lol, 2 people in my office still do.......

    2. Simon_Sharwood_Reg_APAC_Editor (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: It's not that crazy you know...

      One of the entrepreneurs behind those shocks popped up a few years later as a "oooh look, social media can help you sell stuff" motivational speaker. In a past journalistic life in small business I found this quite amusing.

    3. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

      Re: It's not that crazy you know...

      Oh thats what they were, I kept getting free ones in the post thinking wtf do they think the size of my feet are.

      They made good cat toys.

  4. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    "Protect your home button"

    I read that as "protect your home bottom" in this context

    Am I the only one?

  5. Graham Marsden

    Well it makes a change...

    ... from those knickers which have a section in front so you can put your phone into them and set it to vibrate...!

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Well it makes a change...

      why not fronts?

  6. Mondo the Magnificent

    Just for fun....

    ...I'd buy a few pairs of those and stick them in the washing machine, just to freak my other half out...

    But as for ever putting something like that on a phone? Noways, the entire concept is pants in my opinion

  7. Domino


    Maybe it's like an alternative to rainbow flags for the pantsu crowd..

  8. Kevin Johnston Silver badge

    Great job

    How do I apply for the position of finding suitable images to attach to these stories?

    1. Martin

      Re: Great job

      Join the very long queue....

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    There is no crotchless version!

  10. VinceH


    Can we use this as evidence that the iPhone is pants?

  11. adam payne

    Oh my!

    If I Iphone hasn't got any pants on does this mean it's naked?

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  13. jr424242

    Fondleslab, indeed

    I blame the Register.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This just goes to show

    The Japanese can almost always out-weird everyone else with their fads.

    I'm struggling to think which is worse, underwear for your phone or a bra for your car. If you're old enough, and lived in the US you might remember those. Dunno about outside the US, perhaps those of you in more civilized countries were spared this particular abomination!

  15. Bill Posters


    Senator Conroy is ordering stock for his next meeting with the local Telcos.....

  16. cortland
    Paris Hilton

    Oh darn

    I thought it was iPhones for knickers.

    A vibrate mode? mmmmmmmmmmYEAH!

    Paris, for some reason.

  17. MarkSitkowski

    Not so silly. In Victorian times, respectable households in London would put velour trouser-legs on the legs of tables and chairs, to protect their dignity. Legs were, of course, never referred to as 'legs', but as 'understandings'....

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