•Ukrainian Doctor invented the emergency bra for disaster
•Now bra is not only sexy, but could save your life
•The emergency bra doubles as a facemask
•The emergency bra also provides protection for two
Do you that your wife or girlfriend’s bra can save your life during emergency? Thus is exactly the answer provided by an Ukrainian Doctor, Elena Bodnar, who invented a brassiere that doubles as a face mask that can be used as emergency respiratory device during disaster.
Bodnar won an Ignoble Award for the invention in 2009, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And Now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public.
“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,” explains the eBra website.
It sounds silly, but Bodnar, who now lives in Chicago, started her medical career studying the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. If people had had cheap, readily available gas masks in the first hours after the disaster, she said, they may have avoided breathing in Iodine-131, which causes radiation sickness.
The report on Fox news noted that the bra-turned-gas masks could have also been useful during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and for women caught outside during the dust storms that recently enveloped Sydney, she said.
“You have to be prepared all the time, at any place, at any moment, and practically every woman wears a bra. Her patented devices also look pretty, no different from a conventional bra”, she said.
According to a report on tech news site CNET, there are plans for a “counterpart device for men” in the works, though the precise shape it will take has yet to be revealed.
Credits| Fox, Opera