Siren Care and researchers at the Nottingham Trend University developed a smart sock for people with diabetes.
Startup Siren Care from Denmark and the Nottingham Trend University developed a smart sock that helps prevent dangerous diabetic foot ulcers.
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Diabetic foot ulcer is a major complication of diabetes mellitus, and is seen as the major reason of the diabetic foot. The Siren Care smart sock is measuring the foot temperature and sends the data to a smartphone app. A temperature difference between both feet can be one of the first signs of an ulcer forming. That is the principle the smart sock is based upon.
Professor Dias, who leads the university's advanced textiles research group, told the Nottingham Post: "It's essential that diabetic foot ulcers are identified and treated as quickly as possible before they increasingly damage a person's health. By combining electronic sensors with fibers in a yarn, we're able to spot the first signs of ulcers remotely, giving advanced warning of when they occur and potentially helping sufferers avoid the development of a very serious condition."
The smart sock uses thermistors, tiny sensors that are embedded inside water resistant resin pods. The pods are weaved into the sock fabric. heat conduction filaments connect to a small Bluetooth unit. The socks feel like any other socks and are washable.
Siren Care's smart sock is platform and not just applicable for diabetes. The socks are also developed to track activity and other foot health aspects
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The Siren Care smart sock is not on sale yet, but appears to be coming soon according to the Siren Care site.