At first blush, a necktie that doubles as a cloth for cleaning your touch screen may sound like something out of a "Saturday Night Live" TV ad parody -- "a floor wax and a dessert topping!" But if you think about it, the ties and T-shirts from Swipe Apparel are kind of genius.
The idea behind the SwipeTie ($39.95) is simple: a silk necktie with a patch of microfiber fabric (the same stuff used for lens-cleaning cloths) behind the tip of the tie, at the ready to wipe smudges and greasy fingerprints from the screen of a smartphone or tablet.
The company also offers a SwipeTee ($24.95) -- a cotton T-shirt with a similarly built-in swatch of microfiber. With the shirts, there are three options for placement of the cleaning cloth. The default location is the front inner lining of the shirt near the waist, but for an extra $5 it can be placed on the left sleeve or the right sleeve (for lefties).
With the SwipeTie ($39.95), the patch is sewn on. On the SwipeTee, it's affixed with a Velcro-like adhesive.
The website (www.swipeswipe.com) has 10 color/pattern choices for the tie and five T-shirt designs ($24.95).