Image: (From left) Professor Julie Steele, Professor Gordon Wallace and Dr Sheridan Gho with the 'smart yarn' used to create the Bionic Bra.
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, November 27, 2014

Work first started on the Bionic Bra more than fifteen years ago. However, technology is only starting to catch up with the researchers' imaginations. Professor Gordon Wallace, Executive Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science based at University of Wollongong (UOW), said the Bionic Bra team has recently discovered new actuators and sensing technologies that will bring the bra to life. “Our ability to make things from advanced materials has been greatly enhanced recently with the advent of new approaches to fabrication such as 3D printing, which has enabled us to assemble structures containing new sensing technologies to more accurately monitor movement and new artificial muscle technologies to control it.” Professor Julie Steele, Director of Breast Research Australia based at UOW, has been working with Professor Wallace on the bra since its inception. “Although we have made substantial progress, we still have a way to go before the Bionic Bra can be taken from the bench top to the washing machine. However, when finished, the Bionic Bra will transform bra design," Professor Steele said.

Media issued by University of Wollongong