We have seen Interactive Clothing and Interactive Bags, that’s right in the center of talk2myShirt. Today we add another interactive garment: Ergoskin the Interactive Underwear.
Ergoskin is the creation of Talia Elena Radford Cryns, a student of the University for Applied Arts, Industrial Design, in Vienna – Austria.
Ergoskin is a type of functional underwear with ergonomic bio-feedback to ‘push’ the wearer in the correct posture to avoid long time suffering inflicted by bad body posture.
Nano-sized, locational sensors are woven into the fabric placed at critical points on the body. If the sensors detect that the wearer has an unhealthy posture over a long time, the sensors will send out impulses to the surface of the skin – a call to action for the wearer to correct the posture.
Body posture problems are becoming a serious issue especially for everyone spending too much time behind computers (blogging) or in the office chair. Even if you start fresh and in the correct position in the morning, watch how you end up after a while in your chair; half lying, half sitting.
Such functional underwear could also benefit medical and health care applications for rehabilitation treatment after accidents or other illnesses where the patient needs help to regain mobility.
The Ergoskin underwear concept has high potential to benefit humanity. Lets hope that this award winning concept will be picked up and turned into a commercial product.
Talia Radford won with Ergoskin the Austrian ‘Dyson Innovation Award’ in 2007.