Need a feel good story? When do you not? When he was 13, Julián Ríos Cantú of Mexico nearly lost his mother to breast cancer. She survived after having a double masectomy, which prompted the teen to get to work. Four years later, he founded Higia Technologies with some friends, and now he’s winning awards for a prototype of a bra that can help detect breast cancer.
Ríos Cantú created Eva, a bra with sensors that can help detect breast cancer early, when operations are still easier. Like with most medical technology, it’s not meant as a silver bullet — communication with doctors and attention paid to other symptoms are essential — but it could be a great tool among many in the fight against cancer. Ríos Cantú isn’t the only one who feels that way, either, winning the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition for his efforts.
The amazing thing about the bra is how relatively simple it is — a reminder that with affordable sensors and a little programming know-how, any of us can build some pretty incredible things. The bra has embedded sensors that measure temperature in different areas of the breasts. The sensor data is stored and parsed, and can push out alerts telling women to go see a doctor if sudden changes are detected in a one of the areas measured. Better yet, the bra only needs to be used once a week for an hour — the main reason Eva is a bra is to ensure that the breasts stay stable during measurement.
Like any medical technology device, it’s going to be a while before Eva becomes available. Ríos Cantú will need to put Eva through clinical trials to make sure that the bra really can detect the presence of breast cancer with a low enough error rate. Eva is currently in the prototype stage, with Ríos Cantú estimating that it’ll be another couple years before it’ll become available, per an interview with newspaper El Universal (in Spanish). Hey, he might be young, but he’s not naive.
Via Huffington Post