Revealed in a new paper from Microsoft Research called “Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating,” the bra measures the wearerâ??s emotional state through sensors and sends out a warning to your smartphone if it thinks youâ??re on the verge of an emotional binge.
The gadget monitors heart rate, respiration, skin conduction and movement.
According to the research, it is the first study that makes use of wearable, mobile sensors to detect emotions.
The research, however, has not shown whether the smartphone alerts actually have an impact on whether the women give in to their cravings or not.
Some downsides to the fancy push-ups
The smart bras need to be recharged every three to four hours, which is one of the downsides to the current technology. However, the researchers say that it might be worth pursuing the project, as it was able to predict emerging emotional states with a 75% accuracy.
The researchers are also looking at options for men. They are investigating whether tighty-whiteys could be put to the same use, but are concerned that they are too far away from the heart â?? the ideal spot to measure emotions.