“Smart” Socks to Save Lives of Diabetics
Socks. Everyone has them. In warmer seasons and locations, they are meant to absorb foot perspiration and help sweat evaporate. In colder months and places, they are meant to insulate the foot and help decrease risks of frostbite. During Christmas, colorful ones make good Christmas decorations. They also make good fashion pieces too. But today, they can smartly track your health.
Socks. Everyone has them. In warmer seasons and locations, they are meant to absorb foot perspiration and help sweat evaporate. In colder months and places, they are meant to insulate the foot and help decrease risks of frostbite. During Christmas, colourful ones make good Christmas decorations. They also make good fashion pieces too. But today, they can smartly track your health.
Almost 30 million people in the United States live with Diabetes. About 1.5 million have diabetic foot ulcers per year. About one-fourth of diabetic foot ulcers doesn’t heal. And the saddest part, there are approximately 100,000 amputations per year.
Siren Smart Socks
Those are the startling numbers that Siren Care shares with us on their website. Fortunately, they also share a brilliantly innovative solution to address these serious issues. The Siren Socks is the diabetic health tracking startup’s valuable contribution to the technology and medical world.
The socks detect high-temperature difference. Then valuable data is stored in three locations: on the sock itself, on the app, and in the cloud. When there is a foot injury or the like, the app can automatically send an alert notification for the user to have it checked immediately. This makes it one of the best pioneering articles of clothing that are smart and cloud integrated.
Other wearable detection devices
Siren Socks is not the first wearable detection device for diabetic foot injuries, though. There are already other players in the market. Orpyx Medical Technologies has come up with SurroSense Rx, a wireless foot sensor insert. Tillges Technologies also has PressureGuardian, another boot-like pressure sensor tool designed to detect and collect several medical data too.
Technology at its best
However, designing the sensors ingeniously into an item of clothing that all of already use daily, makes it a very non-cumbersome and non-invasive kind of monitoring device. It perfectly embodies the principle that technology is best experienced by users when it simply fades into the background as it efficiently performs its intended purpose.
Today, socks are no longer just for personal hygiene, personal style or holiday decors. They have become smart and sexy too as they become devices to prevent amputation and save a foot—and, eventually save a life as well!
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