“Every time there is an opportunity to inject computing and sensing into the consumer behavior without changing that behavior, we think is a fantastic opportunity,” said Sensoria CEO Davide Vigano. “We think the garment is the next ultra-personal computer.” And, for the moment, that garment is the athletic sock. “With our socks, in the future, we can automate a monitoring and alerting system that is fully remote.”
With the sock, Vigano said, “there is no computing component, no printed electronics, no traditional MEMs [Microelectromechanical systems] or FSR [Force Sensitive Resistors] sensor; it’s 100% textile.” Sensoria created its own technology that is reliable, its washable, soft, a fraction of a millimeter thick, and can detect pressure and force. The wires are sandwiched between cotton layers to reduce the risk of short; the textile is conductive material, and driving battery power to the sensors.
The brain for the sock is the “anklet,” a flexible circuit board with magnetic snaps near the ankle above the shoe line that collects the data and broadcasts it via Bluetooth Smart to your mobile device. The magnetic connectors act as an on and off switch. The sock only collects data when you attach the anklet.
"" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" style="border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; vertical-align: bottom; display: none; visibility: hidden;">There are six sensors involved, three per sock arranged in a triangle, one under the big toe and one under the pinky, and one in the heel. The anklet includes an accelerometer. “Sampling at 40 hertz,” Vigano said, “just from the three pressure sensors alone, that’s 240 data points per second.” A lot of data from a seemingly trivial part of the anatomy.