New purse nags forgetful women

April 27, 2006 at 4:41 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 27 (UPI) -- Six female university students in Canada who were tired of rummaging through their purses to make sure they brought everything have developed a bag that knows.

Dubbed the "Ladybag," the device uses radio frequency identification tags, a tag reader and an LED screen to detect whether any pre-determined items are missing from the bag.

"As each item is put in, the corresponding LED pattern shuts off," Lillian Tam, one of the developers from Simon Fraser University, told the Daily Mail. "When no LEDs are shining, everything is in the bag."

Fellow designer Huma Zaidi said the user can specify which items are "must-have," such as keys, palm pilot, laptop, cell phone or almost anything.

"We've got a lot of attention from older women," Zaidi said.

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