Could your bra help you lose weight? Detect cancer? Or ward off a potential attacker?
Researchers are developing "smart bras" that aim to do just those things, with the help of technology including phone applications, Twitter, and GPS.
One such smart bra uses embedded technology that monitors a wearer's mood and communicates with a smartphone app in a bid to reduce emotional overeating.
Two sensors monitor heart and skin activity in order to track emotions such as stress, upset, or boredom -- all typical triggers for overeating. A built-in computer located between the cups then transmits the mood data to the wearer via a smartphone app -- thus warning her to stay away from the cookie jar.
U.S. software giant
"Part of the goal there was to see if there was a way that we could use existing clothing to cover up the sensors," Professor m.c. Schraefel of
For those interested in acquiring the device, however,
Taking on another serious issue, three engineering students in
The students developed their "anti-rape bra" in the wake of a series of high-profile rape cases in
When the device is switched on by the wearer, pressure-sensors and an electrical circuit reportedly deliver up to 82 shocks when unwanted pressure occurs, while authorities and relatives are alerted through a GPS system.
Another breast cancer-related "smart bra" comes from
When the clasp is undone, the bra sends a tweet reading: "Don't forget to check your breasts women."
Greek celebrity Maria Bakodimou said in October she would be wearing the bra for two weeks.
"The Tweeting Bra, the first bra that can actually tweet," she explains in a promotional video. "Each time I unhook it, the bra automatically sends a tweet, reminding women of their breast self-exam. Our mission: to deliver the life-saving message to everyone."
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