Comfortable wearable technology for non-intrusive data collection

Unique to Milbotix, SmartSocks®DISCOVERY has been designed to capture physiological data and transmit it to the cloud for analysis by researchers and companies developing new therapies for an aging population.

SmartSocks®DISCOVERY gathers data on heart rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature, motion and electrodermal activity (EDA).

Why Socks?

The foot is a particularly useful location for collecting biomechanical and physiological data pertaining to a person’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. This includes indicators of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activity (heart rate, heart rate variability, electrodermal activity, skin temperature) and physical activity (linear acceleration, angular velocity). SmartSocks®Discovery is a useful physiological data collection tool for researchers in the fields of:

i. Neurocognitive and neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, Huntingdon’s disease, etc.)
ii. Psychology
iii. Sleep physiology
iv. Movement science, sports science, and rehabilitation science
v. Mental health
vi. Gerontology
vii. Occupational health research
viii. And many more

EDA measurements are acquired from the medial arch. This location has a high density of sweat glands, comparable with conventional measurement locations on the fingers and palms of the hands (van Dooren et al., 2012), and provides an equivalent response. In addition, socks are comfortable, familiar, non-intrusive and less likely to be removed than other wearables.

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