e-bra from Vijay Varadan at The University of Arkansas

e-bra from Vijay Varadan at The University of Arkansas

A team of engineers at the University of Arkansas have invented an amazing new device for women.  They’ve just introduced an “e-bra” that allows doctors to monitor a woman’s vital health sings and then upload the information to a wireless network like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.  As researcher

Vijay Varadan said, “Our e-bra enables continuous, real-time monitoring to identify any pathophysiological changes. It is a platform on which various sensors for cardiac-health monitoring are integrated into the fabric. The garment collects and transmits vital health signals to any desired location in the world.” They’ve also created a similar vest for men.

The e-bra design isn’t intended for a woman to wear around just for yoga or everyday activities. Rather, it could replace an ECG or a blood-pressure monitor.  It is capable of monitoring blood pressure, body temperature, respiratory rate and oxygen consumption and is the perfect item, for instance, for a patient to wear during a treadmill test.

For other uses, the bra could also be used by athletes as a way for them to monitor their own vitals while they exercise – they can see their vitals right on their mobile phones.

As an amazing addition, the system can even be programmed so that it will send emergency messages with voice or text messaging if it notices extreme abnormalities.  The results from the sensor system have so far been published in the Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine.