The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live. Connected devices like our phones, watches, lights, and even televisions are communicating to make our lives better. My thermostat warms my home before I arrive, my light bulbs detect when I’ve pulled into my driveway and switch on, and my watch can secure my home before I go to bed. So, what is iTBra?
IoT has an even bigger promise – and it’s about more than convenience. Devices and people are connecting to save lives. Healthcare organizations are connecting doctors to their patients through smart devices remotely – in the comfort of their own homes. A remarkable example of this is a bra that detects breast cancer.
Every year, millions of women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Though there have been tremendous advancements in treatment, tens of thousands of women in the U.S. die from this horrible disease. Early detection is critical. That’s where the iTBra comes into play.
IoT has an even bigger promise – and it’s about more than convenience. Devices and people are connecting to save lives.The iTBra was pioneered by scientist and entrepreneur Rob Royea. It’s a wearable smart device that detects temperature changes in breast tissue. This data helps healthcare providers assess the risk of breast cancer, even in women with dense tissue – a factor that can often make detection with traditional mammograms difficult.
A few years ago, the device was still a prototype. Today, it’s patented and undergoing clinical validation trials and is expected to get approval later this year.
The development of this device has been captured in a documentary titled DETECTED. The film will be available online later this calendar year.
We are living in amazing times, where connected devices can help save lives. The iTBra is a beacon of hope that solidifies my belief that technology is here to improve our lives and help us overcome some of the world’s greatest challenges – especially in healthcare.
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