|The smart bra.|
Just because they can build it, doesn't mean they should.
I also got a bunch of great giveaways up and running.
But I do have this story, which I first saw on WGN News and later noticed in my friend Rachel's FB feed. The hilarious comments there are better than the product-- the Microsoft Smart Bra. There's so much wrong with this bra. My contribution to Rachel's comments was "this is why we need more women engineers."
And I was so amused with myself, I felt compelled to share it with all of you.
I mean really. What do women engineers bring us? Only some of the top tech toys of the year, items that made many lists and and not just mine--Roominate, Goldieblox, littleBits. Great stuff.
The premise of the bra is that it takes an EKG and helps a woman know when she's stress eating, or as the Robin, a female WGN anchor put it, "having a moment." Really? I need a bra (one that requires a charge every 3-4 hours) to tell me that? Do I want to practice biofeedback from my boobs?
Hey, how about Google Bra? Imagine the possibilities.
Next, I will turn my ample bosom into a keyboard
What? That might already be possible? I can totally monetize my mammaries. Who wouldn't want me as their keyboard? This might be my key to avoiding college loans!
Oh, wait. Upon further reading it appears that:
a) there were women engineers involved in the smart bra development,
b) more importantly, the problem the team was attempting to solve was not one of building a better bra, but of improving behavior modification to control emotional eating,
c) according to this CNN article, Microsoft has no official plans to fully develop and market it.
But my boob keyboard concept? No doubt, some smart young thing at Google, MIT, CalTech or Stanford is working on it, waiting to make his millions.
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