Here’s a new innovation that could revolutionalize the way you see brassieres.
Presenting, the “bionic bra.” A high-tech breast support developed by researchers in Australia that automatically tightens in every breast movement. Cool, huh?
A prototype sports bra was created to offer tailored support that aids in reducing a person’s back pain and other health problems.
Julie Steele, the director of Breast Research Australia (BRA) and also a University professor of Wollongong explained that “the most supportive sports bras tend to be the most uncomfortable to wear.”
According to their studies, 85% of women “are wearing bras that do not fit or support their breasts correctly.”
She stressed that insufficient proper breast support can result to long-term neck and back pain plus numbness in the fingers because of hardness of nerves on shoulders.
Deemed to be “the world’s first bionic bra,” the prototype is made from “smart” yarn with sensors that sense breast movement. This will provide firm support while the wearer is doing simple tasks like running or walking and then loosen up to a more comfy fit when the user is sitting still.
Along with fellow university professor, Gordon Wallace, Steele started designing the brassiere years ago, but it was just recently that their vision of the product came alive, thanks to technology.
Wallace said that their ability to make things from advanced materials has been greatly enhanced recently with the arrival of new approaches to the production like 3-D printing.
Today, the bionic continues to be a rough prototype – a sports bra enhanced with strips of proprietary smart fabric secured around the back.
The next step for the group will be to put together their technology into a functional and comfortable undergarment.
“We still have a way to go before the Bionic Bra can be taken from the bench top to the washing machine. However, when finished, the Bionic Bra will transform bra design,” Steele said.