Microsoft working on a smart bra that detects breast cancer and measures moods

Saturday, 7 December 2013 - 8:49am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team

Microsoft's research developers are designing a smart bra that helps detect bio-signatures like stress, body rhythms and can even help locate early signs of breast cancer.

The prototype contains various sensors within the padding of the bra that monitor biological indicators like heart rate and skin activity that help decipher a person's mood.

The aim of the project is to curb over eating. They (the researchers behind the project) believe that the technology could reduce stress, and thereby reduce overeating due to stress.

The mood data will be available through a downloadable app straight to their smart phone, indicating stressful periods that would lead to "emotional eating".

In order to measure these biological readings, a team from Microsoft's research group embedded an electrocardiogram and electro-dermal activities sensors as well as a gyroscope and accelerometer in the bra.

The researchers having done extensive studies on the matter in their study said, "it was ideal because it allowed us to collect EKG [electrocardiogram] readings near the heart".

The point of this project is to monitor a wide range of health conditions, which are becoming more  frequently monitored by wearable technology.

Last year the US firm applied for a patent to analyse breast heat in order to detect breast cancer as well.

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