We all expect our bras to work miracles, but can they also monitor our breasts for signs of cancer? First Warning Systems’ high-tech underwire uses a series of sensors to detect subtle variations in the temperature of breast tissue. Because unusual heat patterns can indicate the presence of abnormally growing cells, the company says its bra can identify tumors years ahead of traditional breast-imaging techniques like mammograms or MRIs.
Monitoring your cardiac health will soon be as easy as slipping on a sports bra. Engineers from the University of Arkansas have developed a wireless system that transmits critical patient information—blood pressure, body temperature, respiratory rate, oxygen consumption, some neural activity—to a physician, hospital, or the patient herself. The technology works through a series of nanostructured textile sensors, which can be integrated into a bra for women or a vest for men. By communicating with smartphone software, the module is able to compress the data and relay it over a wireless network in real time.
Double Ds that double as gas masks may sound like a joke, but Elena Bodnar’s “Emergency Bra” is no laughing matter, especially if you find yourself in a situation where having a gas mask handy spells the difference between life and death. Worn under clothing like a regular brassiere, the undergarment separates into two masks that can be pulled over the nose and mouth to filter out harmful airborne pollutants, including those released by fire, radiological or biological attacks, explosions, and natural disasters.