So your mama told you to always wear clean underwear in case. In case you’re in an accident and you have to go to the hospital where the doctor might laugh at your ratty underwear. At least that’s the implication of that myth. But now the doctor and the underwear may soon morph into a merger of functions. News from the world of science says that chemical sensors can be embedded, so to speak, in the elastic waistband of underwear. Such sensors would perform diagnostics such as detecting blood chemistry through sweat and triggering drug delivery systems. All of this causing quite a bunch of speculation.
Engineering professor, Joseph Wang doesn’t intend for people to snicker about the sexiness of such underwear. “Our approach is scientific,” said he, about the briefs – or boxers as the case may be. It is the waistband of the underwear that’s mostly in touch with the skin, he continued. If someone is injured, the underpants would sense rising levels of chemicals such as glucose, lactate and norepinephrine. This would indicate a body in shock, which would presumably remain in shock unless other sensors trigger treatment delivery. In Wang’s words, “This is bio-computing in action.”
The sensible, sensing underwear study could have major military usage. That is perhaps the reason it was commissioned by the U.S. Naval Academy which is not to be confused with the navel academy, an outfit that is presumably involved in the study of belly dancers – if indeed such an academy exists. Meanwhile earlier forays into sensored clothing yielded a shirt with cuffs that can detect cell phone signals in places where they might be prohibited.