Teenage boys often get accused of being overly concerned with the female form. However, one ingenious Mexican teen, Julian Rios Cantu, channeled that for applicable use after creating a bra prototype which helps detect early stages of breast cancer.
Dubbed EVA — an intelligent bra — the product won Cantu the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) in Frankfurt, Germany and earned him a $20,000 USD prize.
The bra, which he developed with three friends through his company Higia Technologies, is equipped with around 200 biosensors that map the surface of the breast and monitor its temperature, shape and weight and was inspired by his mother's own struggles with breast cancer.
“Why a bra? Because it allows us to have the breasts in the same position and it doesn’t have to be worn more than one hour a week,” he said in an interview with El Universal, adding, "“As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumor, there is an over-vascularization; so to more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature."
While there is no word about whether EVA will come to market, it is certainly an admirable step forward in attempting to make fashion and accessories more beneficial to a person's overall health.