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Let’s keep it brief

india Updated: Jun 14, 2010 01:04 IST

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The term flying by the seat of your pants could take on a different connotation altogether, given recent scientific developments. Now what lies beneath could hold the secrets, no, not to your love life, but your health. Your underwear can now be wired with electronic biosensors to measure your blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs. This discovery, courtesy the University of California, breaks new ground in the concept of intelligent textiles.

This is the latest in line of everyday objects that can double up as one’s doctor, the others being mirrors and toilets. At this rate, the medical profession might have to hang up its collective stethoscope. This could also mean a whole new range of lingerie that you would do well not to slip out of. A novel concept when lingerie has so far served to raise the blood pressure of the beholder. For those of us who suffer from White Coat syndrome and try to avoid a visit to the doctor at all cost, this is good news. You can keep things brief and to the point. No more having to say aah or breathe deeply. Your undies will tell you all you need to know. Wearable biosensors can even measure your blood alcohol levels. So, if not your breath, your innerwear could give you away when the police pull you over to the kerb.

Well, who are we to oppose the march of science for sooner rather than later it is bound to get to the bottom of things. So let’s go with the flow and watch our backs to make sure that we’re not missing a beat now and then. Now that it seems we will really be judged by the clothes we wear, there is no point in losing our shirt or getting our knickers in a twist over that. At least, we won’t be caught with our pants down when it comes to matters of health.