'Smart' Underwear May Help Prevent Back Pain
By Robert Preidt
Mechanized "smart" undergarments may be the answer to back pain, according to researchers.
The Vanderbilt University engineers have created an undergarment that eases stress on the low back and activates only when a wearer needs it.
"I'm sick of Tony Stark [the fictional Iron Man] and Bruce Wayne [Batman's alter ego] being the only ones with performance-boosting supersuits. We, the masses, want our own," Karl Zelik, principal investigator on the project, quipped in a university news release. "The difference is that I'm not fighting crime. I'm fighting the odds that I'll strain my back this week trying to lift my 2-year-old."