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18-Year-Old Mexican Student Designs Bra That Can Detect Breast Cancer (independent.co.uk) 71

An 18-year-old student from Mexico has won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for his invention of a bra that can help in the early detection of breast cancer. "The bra, otherwise known as EVA, was developed with three friends through his company Higia Technologies, and was created primarily for women with genetic predisposition to cancer," reports The Independent. From the report: Equipped with around 200 biosensors, the bra maps the surface of the breast and is able to monitor changes in temperature, shape and weight. "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. Rios Cantu says that the biosensors are able to determine thermal conductivity by specific zones. In some instances, heat can indicate more blood flow, which therefore indicates that those blood vessels are "feeding" on something -- typically some type of cancer. After beating 13 other student entrepreneurs from around the globe, Rios Cantu took home an impressive $20,000.
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18-Year-Old Mexican Student Designs Bra That Can Detect Breast Cancer

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  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Tuesday May 02, 2017 @09:06PM (#54345237)
    $20K, boobs, 18-years-old. some guys have all the luck
    • by Anonymous Coward
      They need a $20K bra, when there are plenty of 18 YO guys who'd be more than willing to check for lumps?
    • by jm007 ( 746228 )
      and don't forget to mention the telemetry so that the data can be ....uh.... processed in the cloud

      damn nerds will do anything for boobage
  • by Anonymous Coward
    IoB (internet of boobs) device can tweet status - specifically, hardness of nipples. Hopefully, women will change the default admin password or we'll all get DDOS'd by unsecured titties.
    • Why did you change the acronym? IoT works perfectly fine - two different ways, in fact!

      The less obvious one is Internet of Tumors

  • by hyades1 ( 1149581 ) <hyades1@hotmail.com> on Tuesday May 02, 2017 @09:31PM (#54345331)

    My hands can detect breast cancer, but only with women between the ages of 19 and 30.

    Because this gift came to me without cost, I refuse to accept money for breast examinations. Depending upon circumstances (and photographs), I will even make house calls from time to time.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You're hired!

      I run a clinic in Kentucky for low income women, Many of them are ex- or active users of methamphetamine and/or heroin. We provide low cost healthcare and could certainly use your free services. Please post your contact details and we'll be in touch. God bless you, sir!

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I would certainly be interested, if that other gentleman is not. My qualifications are years of online breast study and I have also had the opportunity to massage quiet a few breasts too. You can reach me through Sammy. Sammy sleeps out in back of the highway bridge, you know the one with two lanes, Anyhow he knows where I sleep, so get in touch, I am looking forward to hearing from you!

        • Thank you, my friend, for offering to share my burden. Your generosity and empathy are deeply appreciated.

      • Please see the third sentence. You may post your photos on-line at any of several handy sites and leave the URL here. I will be pleased to view them and decide whether I can fit your clients into my busy schedule.

        Thank you for your attention, and God bless you.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Wow! Do your hands also detect testicular cancer? My address is 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014.

      Ask for Tim

  • I mean, you can charge a TON more for gloves that detect breast cancer.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    A new and expensive device that turns getting dressed every morning into a referendum on whether or not you have a potentially fatal medical condition.

    • by Imrik ( 148191 )

      From the description it seems this bra is intended to be worn for an hour or so once a week for the test rather than worn all day as a normal garment.

    • My wife's aunt had breast cancer and needed a double mastectomy. My wife is justifiably freaked out about possibly getting breast cancer. If wearing this special bra once a week for an hour could warn her early on about any possible cancer, she'd be overjoyed. (The earlier you catch any cancer, the better your treatment options.)

  • by grep -v '.*' * ( 780312 ) on Wednesday May 03, 2017 @07:05AM (#54347333)

    won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA)"

    Good for him!

    A few scant decades ago (around 1985), I was invited along with a friend to judge our local high school science fair. We had 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. There were 3 of us judges, one was already a friend of mine. Both of us were science nerds back in high school and jumped on the chance to judge. We didn't know the third guy but he wasn't much different.

    Ours wasn't quite the GSEA, this was ... this was ... what IS all of this crap you're doing? Science? You're simulating a game over and over changing the inputs literally at random to see what happens. Wha...what are you even trying to prove, that the game can be won? That random inputs can eventually win a game? Or what -- just watching the pretty lights blink? A few others were doing barely science anything. "Maybe we are just being too hard on them" we though; we had only been out of college a few years and maybe 7 since high school. They're really not that good at all, but they're not THAT ... bad. Mostly. Sorta. Yeah.

    And then: OMG. We hit a junior high student. He had a working thesis. He had example equipment set up, actual observations and computed results, not all of which quite matched up. Seems like he was trying to study the different heating characteristics of light against paint, but it wasn't just white cool / colors warm / black hot. I forget exactly what it was (what'dya expect from 30 years ago?) but he was the only one around trying to do science, the rest were just farting around.

    In the end, i guess we were EVIL. First place didn't even get awarded -- the slot went empty, we didn't feel any student had done enough. We gave 2nd place to the 11th grader with a lament we could not give him first place (rules: only seniors could get first place), and suggested different things to consider. Third place went to a kid who was just flailing about but at least attempting to go in the right direction.

    Maybe we were just being much too hard a**holes. I don't think so and hope not, and I'm sure some of the kids didn't like our final results. But none of them were even up to growing potatoes batteries [youtube.com] either.

  • Ladies will thank him.
  • I wonder if this can scale up in quantities that are not so expensive, can data be sufficiently organized to allow early warnings and no false positives? As Jason Levine points out in previous comment wearing this bra once a week to warn early on of possible cancer (earlier detection, better treatment options), his wife would be overjoyed. As compared to once a year or so of enduring being squashed between two plates.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.