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Your Socks Will Soon Have a Mind of Their Own
Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 17, 2013
Your Socks Will Soon Have a Mind of Their Own
By Cassandra Tucker
Copy Editor

It’s hard to think of a single moment during the day when I am not in some way in tune with technology. From texting and social networking on my smartphone to plugging my destination into my GPS (and it doesn’t help that my job as an editor has me on the computer all day), I am forever at the mercy of technology to function during my daily life.

That being said, wearable tech has become a concept I have become increasingly interested in, and as a runner, it is natural for me to want to improve my skills as an athlete.  Wearable technology lends itself extremely well to this type of use-case, and the industry is certainly no stranger to a variety of fitness-based smartwatches and even a smart running shoe called the Runsafer shoe, which can help runners prevent injury before it happens through recording certain elements of your run, such as G force, direction and speed. Cool, huh?

Well, what if you had the option of wearing a smart sock to compliment your smart shoe? That’s what Heapsylon, a Redmond, Wash. startup, hopes to bring to run enthusiasts everywhere.

Heapsylon CEO David Vigano states that the company’s vision is that “the garment, whatever we wear, is going to eventually turn into a computer," which means smart t-shirts, sports bras, and now socks. Heapsylon incorporates sensors into its wearable tech line, entitled Sensoria, and its smart socks will work alongside an anklet in order to compile metrics such as speed, distance and altitude gain. The anklet gathers this data which is then sent your smartphone via Bluetooth. The cool part is that you can then get stats that the avid runner would find most useful in real time. How much pressure are you putting on your feet? Do you lean too hard on your heels? These are questions your Sensoria smart socks will be able to answer for you.

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As a serious runner myself, I know how much concepts such as the Sensoria smart sock and similar advancements in athletic wearable tech excite athletes everywhere, keeping us literally at the top of our game. The FAST (Fitness & Sports Wearable Tech) Conference just recently wrapped up last week in Los Angeles, California, where industry leaders and enthusiasts alike gathered to discuss the latest fitness gadgets and wearable tech innovations. It was clear from the event that the wearable technology industry as a whole has no intentions of stopping, as products like Sensoria smart socks advance the way tech-savvy athletes live their lives.

"The market for wearable sports and fitness activity sensors is set to explode over the next few years as a new generation of devices collect and automatically share data online,” noted ABI Research (News - Alert) recently.

So put on your smart socks and lace up your smart shoes  - the wearable tech industry is not slowing down.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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