(Photos: University of Wollongong)
Some women may find it difficult to engage in vigorous exercise without pain because of excessive breast bounce.
(Or so I’ve been told.)
This is why sports bras exist. But even a good sports bra may not be able to contain breast movement comfortably. So researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia are developing the bionic bra. It has fibers that tighten up to restrain bounce when needed, but loosen when the breasts are stationary. A press release from the University of Wollongong describes progress on the Bionic Bra project:
Our ability to make things from advanced materials has been greatly enhanced recently with the advent of new approaches to fabrication. The advent of approaches such as 3D printing has enabled us to assemble structures containing new sensing technologies to more accurately monitor movement and new artificial muscle technologies to control it. These advances have inspired us to (re)confront the challenges involved in creating the Bionic Bra," Professor Wallace said. […]
“Results indicate that our technologies can sense breast motion and provide additional breast support. The challenge now is to integrate these technologies into a functional, comfortable bra,” Bionic Bra team member Dr Sheridan Gho said.
-via Dave Barry