2019 – Auto-adjustable Bra for Women with a Pronounced Alteration in Breast Volume. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 429-435. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3294109.3300982
ABSTRACT The auto-adjustable bra combines new technologies such as soft robotics, computational design, and e-textiles to develop a bra which uses a pneumatic system to compensate severe asymmetries in breast volume (Anisomastia). In the present work, the bra aims to adjust to the measurements of a woman's breasts through air channels which are located in the internal mesh of the bra cup. This inflatable structure gives a balance in the breasts' volume while holding them. Furthermore, the conductive fabric which covers the bra cup works as a sensor to control the air injection system by comparing the fabric's resistance in both bra cups to send a signal to the air pump to stop the air injection. Thus, the bra keeps in shape and the air pump is disengaged. The project could have a global impact on women with Anisomastia by raising their self-esteem, recovering their emotional balance, and possibly enhancing their social and sexual relationships.
Project documentation at: http://wiki.textile-academy.org/fabricademy2017/