Diabetic health tracking startup Siren Care has a different type of wearable for diabetes sufferers: a sock. The startup has created a pair of socks that use sensors to detect inflammation and injury of feet (by monitoring temperature), something that type 1 and type 2 diabetics are susceptible to. There is, of course, a companion app. All data is stored on the sock, on the app and in the cloud and when the sock detects a high-temperature difference — meaning there’s an injury of some sort to the foot — the app will send you an alert to check your foot.
“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 Ma.
Although these are wearables, there’s no need to charge the socks. Each sock comes with a full battery built to last for the whole six months lifespan. Siren says the socks are only “on” when you are wearing them and goes into deep sleep mode once you take them off. They’re also machine washable and built to endure at least the six months you’re supposed to wear them.
Siren’s co-founders also have bigger plans than just temperature detection. According to Ma, “Siren Smart Textile technology is able to incorporate a number of sensors and electronics, including moisture sensors, pressure sensors, light sensors, LEDs, RFIDs, MCU, BLE, etc seamlessly into fabric.”
That means in the future the company could make other smart textiles to detect injury in other parts of the body as well.
Siren came out with 500 startup batches, 18 of which will start shipping in the spring. You can pre-order now and Siren will start sending you a pair of seven socks (one for every day of the week) every six months when it’s ready to ship.