UCSD Researchers Develop Biotech Underwear
The researchers were attempting to tackle the problem of sensors getting warped and maimed through clothing's daily use, and briefs obviously get more action than a scarf does. Amperometric sensors were then applied to the undergarments using a screen-printing process, and voilà: biotech underwear.
Well, sort of. To be clear, separate instruments are necessary to measure whatever it is that that the embedded sensors are detecting. (Your underwear will not be its own stand-alone tricorder anytime soon.) The goal of the study was to see if sensors could be embedded in underwear and still do their job after normal wear. The positive results suggest the development of clothing that could be used to detect alcohol in drivers, for example, but that's still a little ways off. You don't need to start checking your briefs for Big Brother's watchful eye just yet. [From: Ecouterre, via: Boing Boing]