World's first electronic underpants created Down Under

March 26, 2010

An Australian company on Friday announced the rollout of what it said were the world's first electronic underpants, saying its product was able to send text messages if the wearer became incontinent.

Designed for the elderly and infirm, the SIMsystem will be used in homes for the aged across New South Wales state to monitor incontinence after successful trials in Victoria, the company Simavita said.

"Incontinence management is a key area in which innovative technologies can benefit aged care," said chief executive Philippa Lewis.

"We developed SIMsystem to provide greater comfort and dignity to the elderly while aiming to significantly lower costs for aged care facilities."

Simavita said its underpants have a disposable element similar to a regular incontinence pad and include a detachable transmitter that relays readings from the pad's sensor strip over a wireless network to a central computer.

Alerts are sent via or over the institution's paging system.

More than 90 percent of Australians living in elderly care facilities are believed to suffer from -- a problem that currently requires staff to carry out frequent manual checks throughout the day.

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not rated yet Mar 26, 2010
"Electronic Underpants," what a great name for a band
1 / 5 (1) Mar 26, 2010
On that topic, The Flaming Lips attempted to develop panties which would vibrate during one of their concerts but never got it off the ground.
not rated yet Mar 26, 2010
I wonder what the text says.
"You just pissed on me!

-Your undies "
not rated yet Mar 27, 2010
Oh dear! As an Aussie I'd hope we got into the news for something other than this. How long to the first "down under" joke?
not rated yet Mar 27, 2010
that is lame, how about underpants that heat and cool and keep my junk nice and comfy?
not rated yet Apr 02, 2010
A little short-sighted, I think. Imagine incorporating this technology into smaller, more fashionable underwear. I think this could have some rape-prevention potential.

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