Smart Bra Designed to Sense Mood Changes, Prevent Overeating

by Thilaka Ravi on  December 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
Based on a detailed study on food and mood, British scientists have claimed they have developed a smart bra that can detect mood changes to prevent overeating.
Smart Bra Designed to Sense Mood Changes, Prevent Overeating
Smart Bra Designed to Sense Mood Changes, Prevent Overeating

M.C. Schraefel, professor of computer science and human performance design at Southampton University, has helped to design a smart bra that can detect changes in mood, with the hope of preventing emotionally-triggered overeating in women, according to a university statement issued Tuesday.

The prototype contains removable sensors that monitor heart and skin activity.

The data collected is sent to the wearer of the bra via a smartphone application.

These physical symptoms are supposed to indicate mood, which a woman can track in order to highlight when "emotional eating" is likely to occur.

"Emotional state, habitual practices, like snacking in front of the TV or grabbing a cookie when stressed, often go undetected by us - that's the nature of habits - but they have real effects on our well-being," Schraefel said.

The bra is the result of a study called 'Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating', authored by researchers from the University of Southampton, Microsoft Research and the University of Rochester in the US.

Source: IANS

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