Fitness trackers are all the rage these days. Fuelbands are on every wrist, smartphones are coming with more and more biometric sensors, and generally there’s just more data than ever about how you’re running, walking, lifting, sleeping and eating. But if you’re not into wristbands, or just have too much on your wrists already, the Sensoria Smart Sock might just fit your fitness tracker bill.
The Smart Sock is made of three pieces. The first is, well, a sock. It’s a nice sock, and in fact you can treat it like any sock: Toss it in the washing machine and dryer with no worries. The next part is a magnetic anklet that clamps onto the sock and can last for more than two weeks on one charge. And then, of course, there’s the obligatory app, which is where you get all the information that this stuff is absorbing and play with it to your heart’s content.
And it’s offering you a lot. As you may have guessed, the centerpiece of the Sensoria is that it can track exactly where your foot is falling and how hard each part of it touches the ground. It does this with heat maps for each foot, so if you’re getting blisters or if a shoe isn’t working, you can get a better idea of what’s actually going on down there that you may not be aware of.
It also offers a cadence metronome, a stride analyzer, and social media goodies, but the main attraction is the supposed precision of having a sensor on your foot at all times; this means you’ll get the best altitude, distance, and calorie burning information, at least if the marketing materials are being honest. The big drawback? Keeping your socks washed, but if you’re up for the laundry, the Sensoria is on IndieGoGo for $119 a pop.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.