Feds Spend $402,721 on Underwear That Senses Cigarette SmokeBy Elizabeth Harrington
May. 10, 2013
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $400,000 to a research project involving underwear that can detect when a person smokes cigarettes.
The University of Alabama has received two grants totaling $402,721 for the project, which so far has produced a "very early prototype" of the monitoring system, which -- in its current state -- fits like a vest.
The goal of the three-year study is to "develop a wearable sensor system comprised of a breathing sensor integrated into conventional underwear." The Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker (PACT for short) is intended to accurately measure when and how often people smoke as well as how deeply they inhale. The real-time information would be used to design strategies for smoking cessation.