So... 'smart socks' are now an actual thing

Do I put this in the 'wearable computing' category?!

@anthony256
Published Mon, Nov 28 2016 11:45 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

We live in a world of smart fridges, smartwatches, and smart other things - but now we're slowly shifting into a world where 'smart' socks are a reality.

So... 'smart socks' are now an actual thing | TweakTown.com

Siren Care, a diabetic health tracking startup as developed what I guess we could call 'smart socks' that detect inflammation and injury to your feet, in real-time. The socks use temperature sensors, with type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients being prone to foot injuries, swelling, and other problems that are associated with nerve damage.

This can lead to infections, and amputation if not treated in time - and this is where Siren Care's smart socks come into play. Siren Care founders Ma and Veronica Tran have said that there are sensors woven into the fabric of the smart socks which detect inflammation of any sort, once it's detected inflammation, it will send an alert to your smartphone (you'll need to install the app, obviously) - warning you that you need to check your feet.

The injury doesn't need to be severe, something as small as a tiny cut can be dangerous for diabetics - and sometimes you might not feel a tiny cut, which is why the smart socks really could save lives. Ma explained: "It could be something as simple as you have a shoelace tucked into your shoe and don't feel it and you can get an injury from that".

Each sock includes a built-in battery that lasts up to 6 months, with the designers making the socks to be 'on' only when you put them off - so they 'sleep' when they're not worn, or being washed. The smart socks are machine washable, and designed to endure the usual wear and tear from a consumer for around 6 months.

Now, what about cost? Well, for a 7-pack of Siren Smart Socks, you'll be coughing up $120 for the 6-month supply.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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