Microsoft researchers aren't just thinking about operating systems. They're thinking about undergarments with a purpose, specifically a smart bra that monitors the wearer's mood with the aim of preventing stress-related overeating.Mary Czerwinski, a research manager with Microsoft's Visualization and Interaction Research Group, is studying how technology can help detect stress and give people tools for dealing with it. One of her recent projects involved the creation of a bra with embedded electrocardiogram and electrodermal activity sensors (PDF), as well as a gyroscope and accelerometer.… Read more
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When mankind is no more, we can leave behind proof of our existence with the Superman Memory Crystal. Yay us! An artist and a beekeeper employ 80,000 bees to make sculptures out of honeycomb, and the Drone It Yourself kit lets you make anything fly. All that and more on this week's Crave. … Read more
The old "Clap on, clap off" jingle from the '80s has a new product to attach itself to, and that product sits right on your chest, ladies.
While you can't snag a Clap-Off Bra at Macy's, Instructables has a step-by-step tutorial that only requires two circuit boards, an Arduino, a 28-pin socket, two 22pF capacitors, a 10uF capacitor, a 1K resistor, a 10K resistor, a 100K resistor, a 7805 voltage regulator, and a few other items you're sure to have in your soldering kit.
Basically, the battery-operated bra uses an electromagnet that controls a switch to make the undergarment pop off when someone claps nearby (video mildy NSFW). Creator Randy Sarafan, a hacker and new-media artist, says the bra was inspired by the creative electronic lingerie (like remote-controlled and glow-in-the-dark unmentionables) one finds in Syrian bazaars. … Read more
Some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like "Star Wars" and theremins and bras. An Instructables member built such an undergarment using LEDs and an Adafruit Flora wearable microprocessor.
The bra includes a photocell detector and an ultrasonic range sensor. Wave your hand in front of the bra to affect the sound. It's designed to react like a theremin, so the sound changes with how close you are to it. Yep, it's a beep-boop bra; though, it sounds a bit more musical than typical R2-D2 noises.… Read more
R2-D2's iconic droid look has inspired quite a few products, ranging from speakers to a rolling suitcase. Instructables user seamster took a look at R2-D2 and zoomed in on the "Star Wars" robot's head. What did it remind him of? Why, a bra, of course.
Most people would giggle about the idea and then move on, but seamster set about making not one, but two R2-D2 bras. He also posted painstakingly detailed instructions for making your own from scratch on Instructables.… Read more
Those breast exams women are supposed to regularly give themselves in the shower are no joke. With one in eight women facing breast cancer diagnosis at some point, early detection -- most often in the form of simple self exams -- can be a literal lifesaver.
So First Warning Systems, a company founded in Reno, Nev., in 2008, is designing and testing a smart bra that is essentially a continuous exam, and that thus far appears to be more accurate that the somewhat controversial mammography.
The Breast Tissue Screening Bra incorporates a sensor that measures tiny temperature changes that occur as blood vessels grow and feed tumors, which the company says grow for an average of 12 years (to 4 centimeters in diameter) before being surgically removed.
That sensor, meanwhile, communicates with pattern recognition software to help spot possible tumors long before a hand or mammogram likely would.… Read more
The Angry Birds bra came to our attention last year. Little did we suspect at the time it was just the tip of the undergarment iceberg in an upcoming flood of geek-themed bras.
If "Star Trek" is more your thing, then you can get a blue sciences division bra complete with insignia in vaguely the right location. Other options include a Portal bra and a nod to every 12-year-old boy's favorite calculator joke, "BOOBIES" done up in numeric style.… Read more
Some of us are slaves to technology while others are slaves to fashion, but for those of us who are indentured to both, this iPhone-carrying bra could be the path to liberation. Even if, like me, you don't possess an iPhone or breasts, it's still a wonder to behold.
Dubbed the JoeyBra -- as in baby kangaroo, because they have pouches, get it? -- it was created by two entrepreneurial business students at the University of Washington who saw great potential for growth in the pocketed bra market. At least, that's the pitch. In reality, a pair of students in search of a way to party without having to detach from their phones or accessorize their best bar-hopping gear came up with one. And that's no snark -- here's how they put it on their Web site:… Read more
Don't underestimate the power of Japan's brassieres.
Now Japanese underwear makers are turning bras into an alternative fuel.
Triumph International and Wacoal have been collecting used bras from customers and turning the raw materials minus the metal into refuse paper and plastic fuel (RPF), which is used to power industrial boilers and power generators. … Read more