Japan: Toyobo Co. Ltd., and medical device manufacturer Union Tool, had developed a new set of undergarments made up of Toyobo’s “Cocomi” functional material. The product is claimed to be potential lifesaver for drowsy drivers and overheated construction workers as well as sports-persons.
The undergarments, when worn, can collect and transfer biological data to smartphones and other devices, triggering an alarm if the information indicates danger. The system combines an under-shirt and underwear using the Cocomi and Union Tool’s “Safe Driving Support Tool Drowsiness Notifier DSD” (DSD) drowsy driving detection system. Currently, the new system is being tested by Chunichi Rinkai Bus Co. Ltd. (Yokkaichi City).