Published on Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00
The notorious rumor of how even women don't know what they want have transpired over to Microsoft as the software company's researchers are currently developing a smart bra that tells the wearer what she (or he, I don't judge) is feeling. The prototype contains removable sensors that monitor heart and skin activity to provide an indication of mood levels and thus in turn detect stress which people assume that women themselves would not know unless she was told by her bra.
The aim of this “mood bra” is to attempt to curb stress-related over-eating. When the bra determines its wearer's anxiety levels are higher than usual, it sends a text via a smartphone app to warn against stress-eating.
A team from Microsoft's visualisation and interaction research group embedded an electrocardiogram and electro-dermal activities sensors as well as a gyroscope and accelerometer in the bra.|
The researchers said that installing the device in the bra “was ideal because it allowed us to collect EKG [electrocardiogram] near the heart ”
Efforts had also been made to create a mood-sensing undergarment for men too, but it went to naught since the only piece of undergarment men typically wear is far from the heart. But then again, it should not be entirely useless, instead of detecting emotions, a smart underwear could detect other stuff going on down under...
Volunteers who tried out the smart bra reported their emotions for about six hours a day over a period of four days.
"It was very tedious for participants to wear our prototyped sensing system, as the boards had to be recharged every three to four hours," Microsoft senior research designer Asta Roseway said.
This is not the only time a company decided to create bras that do more than just hold boobies up. Just last month, a bra was invented that tweeted every time it was unhooked to encourage women to self-examine their breasts. That should be very sexy indeed during sexy time.
Also, in a response to the series of rapes in India, especially last year's brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi, a female engineering student and her fellow classmates developed a bra designed to deliver a 3800kv electric shock to any potential rapist. In case you are unfamiliar with electric current stuff, that would mean a nasty zap enough to cause severe burns to anyone who gropes a wearer's breasts.