Blacksocks, inventor of the sockscription, is ridding the world of another sock problem by launching the first sock with RFID technology. Every sock is fitted with a communication button which makes it uniquely identifiable when sorting. After washing, you can pair the socks up correctly using wireless technology and the Blacksocks iPhone app.
"Smarter Socks" are now available as calf socks on www.blacksocks.com. The iPhone app also features a specially developed blackometer to check whether the socks are still black enough or not.
The company claims it to be the first smart socks ever been developed in the world with a host of user-friendly functionalities. Some of the key features include its ability to identify mismatched socks and easy identification of socks even from a laundry crowded with clothes.
However, these new smart socks have a high end pricing. Users will have to spend $189 (approximately Rs.10,000) for purchasing 10 pairs of black socks with RFID technology. There are a lot of criticisms from analysts about the expensive pricing of the product.
But some analysts believe it to be worth the money as the socks are embedded with RFID button, sewn on its sides. Users will also be provided with a wireless handheld detector for finding proper mate of each sock. The technology used is so advanced that a pair of socks can be identified with ease from even a mountain of socks within seconds. The socks mate will be identified by an automatic beep which will be generated when user"s socks is somewhere nearby.
The most interesting part is the inclusion of an iOS app with RFID based smart socks. The app lets users to snap the photo of a sock considered to be ageing by using the camera of the iPhone. The app captures a 'black reading".
The black reading provides users with relevant information such as the precise point where the socks have started to fade. It also gives information regarding whether it would be embarrassing for users to wear these socks again.