A startup called Siren Care has created smart socks that use temperature sensors to detect inflammation, and therefore injury, in real-time for diabetics.
Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients are prone to different feet issues that could lead to problems such as infection or even amputation of the foot if not checked; hence, early detection is crucial to head off any serious complications.
What makes Siren's solution better than competing products like smart insoles is that these socks have sensors woven into the fabric, and are thus easier to wear. Every now and then, the data collected from the sensors is synced with a companion app and from there to the cloud service to alert users about the potential issue.
"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," says co-founder Ran Ma.
Another thing that makes Siren's socks great is the fact that they come with a battery that lasts for six months without the need to charge them. This is partly made possible since socks are switched "on" only when you wear them. Also, these are machine washable products, making their maintenance as easy as any other pair of socks.
The first version of the Siren Smart Socks only have a temperature sensor with future updates set to include additional electronics such as moisture sensors, pressure sensors, light sensors and more. It is now available for pre-order for $120 in a pack that includes 7 pairs of Siren Smart Socks.