As seen on the BBC…

“Smart socks helping protect people with dementia”

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Reducing agitation through early detection of distress

Our smart socks will help those caring for people experiencing communication difficulties to reduce distress. The familiar design of the SmartSocks® is intended to increase acceptance and adherence for people who find wearables overly complex, uncomfortable, and/or stigmatising.

  • Recognises early signs of distress
  • Alerts carers when there is an increased risk of agitation
  • Machine washable with no need to recharge

Inspired by personal experience

Milbotix founder Zeke Steer conceived of the SmartSocks® after witnessing his great grandmother’s journey with dementia and escalating agitation and aggression. Read more about our story.

Used by people with dementia, autism spectrum disorders, and some learning disabilities, the smart socks generally improve quality of life, reduce agitation, decrease burden on families and carers, and save costs for health and social care.

Key Partnerships


From a range of different users – Research & Care home managers

There is a need for a wearable device that is acceptable to users, that provides continuous physiological data, and helps identify data signals in the environment as belonging to the individual…smart socks have the potential to be an elegant solution to this need.
Matthew Harrison, Senior Designer, UK Dementia Research Institute Care Research & Technology Centre at Imperial College London
Ideally, we’d like to see as many of our clients with diagnoses of dementia wearing the socks as it will help to make life easier and less stressful for unpaid carers looking after them.
Claire Smeeth, Service Development Lead, Crossroads Care
By taking the form of an everyday item, these smart socks are less stigmatising and invasive than current products and will be easier to use in care settings, helping carers to feel less overwhelmed with multiple tasks.
Natasha Howard-Murray, Senior Innovator, Alzheimer’s Society
The idea of Smart Socks is an excellent way forward to help detect when a person is starting to feel anxious or fearful.
Margot Whittaker, Director Nursing, Southern Healthcare