Thursday, October 21, 2010

A bra with two... er... three purposes

Ever been caught in a chemical attack but you just happen to have left your gas mask at home? Well, a new invention - the eBra - has got you covered.

Ukrainian inventor Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ig Noble Award last year for her bra-converted-into-a-gas-mask idea, and now she's come to market with it. (The Ig Noble Awards are an annual tribute to weird-but-practical inventions).

According to the eBra's website: "The goal of any emergency respiratory device is to achieve tight fixation and full coverage. Luckily, the wonderful design of the bra is already in the shape of a face mask and so with the addition of a few design features, the Emergency Bra enhances the efficiency of minimizing contaminated bypass air flow."

Theoretically, any old bra would probably do in a pinch - and you could use it for two people, if they got really close together. The Emergency Bra, which sells for $29.95, is specially created for such purposes, though:

The Emergency Bra is a garment that can be quickly and easily converted into two face masks without removing any clothes. It can reduce the health consequences of inhaling harmful airborne particles. Because the Emergency Bra masks can be securely fixed to the head, it frees a survivor’s hands to keep balance while running and removing objects on the way out of danger. In certain situations, by providing the wearer with a sense of security and protection, the Emergency Bra can reduce the chance of panic attack.

So there you have it ladies. No need to worry about those unexpected anthrax attacks anymore!


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