Not to be outdone by Sony’s SmartWig, Microsoft is researching SmartBra


When Google joked that the wearable technology space heating up, I’m sure they didn’t see this coming. Shortly after news got out that Sony was researching a seemingly ridiculous smart wig, Microsoft is following that up with something equally if not more ridiculous. A smart bra. To stop you from over-eating when you’re emotional.

Microsoft’s visualization and interaction research group have come up with a bra that can detect its users emotions using a variety of sensors. The smart bra is equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, electrocardiogram, and  electro-dermal sensors. Unsurprisingly, those sensors have resulted in a device that needs be charged every three to four hours. Who wants to charge their bra that often, am I right?

Using the data that it collected, the smart bra would then communicate with a smartphone app so that it could highlight when “emotional eating” might occur. The reason why they chose to go with a bra is because the proximity to the heart allowed them to collect EKG. A similar underwear system was also prototyped for men, but it didn’t work as well due to the sensors being too far away from the heart.

[via BBC]

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