Re: Interesting idea, bad execution.
I like the idea of wearable devices that help people improve their health. If someone gets the interface right (Apple's certainly invested a lot bringing in a lot of fitness people), I think these products could have profound, measurable effects-- like increases in the user's life expectancy.
That said, I like "absurdity of things" a lot. I hope people start using that.
I think this one qualifies as absurb, though I was a little on the fence at first. When I think about the most far-reaching applications, I think about devices that create a perpetual stream of information about my health. Right now, we go to the doctor once per year, we take a few tests, and we get a snapshot into our health-- an incomplete story whose ellipses often allow diseases to go undetected. With an uninterrupted stream of information, we can catch things earlier (but then again, we could also needlessly freak out over incorrect readings, or benign fluctuations). And that's not to mention the benefits people will get in terms of tracking fitness (but then again, there's also the frankly dystopian idea that this sort of data might become part of our insurance system). If the UI or implementation isn't any good, the tech will be worthless, but like I said, if someone gets it right...
Anyway, even though I clearly believe in in the power of this sort of technology, I can't get past the absurdity of the batteries running dry after only a few hours. The bra was designed to track irritation-- but it sounds like it probably contributed a ton of irritation too. I can see why they decided to keep the bra a prototype, and to move on to new form factors.