The SmartSocks® (patent pending) are used as an aid to assist care staff to provide psychological or physical assistance at an earlier stage than they may otherwise be able to. People who spend time in their own room in a care home are not visible to care staff who may not be able to pick up on heightened distress or agitation until it becomes verbalised and has significantly decreased wellbeing.


An alert from the SmartSocks® that a person’s anxiety or stress levels were raised would allow for a more-timely intervention by the care team. A timelier intervention is likely to increase the wellbeing of the person wearing the SmartSocks® and decrease the impact that increased anxiety, or agitation has on staff and other people in the environment.

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

For social care organisations

Jacqui Arnold, Head of Customer Experience at Milbotix, explains how the Milbotix SmartSocks® could help people working within social care organisations to reduce distress and agitation.

How the SmartSocks® work

Milbotix app

The Milbotix app is installed on a smartphone. Scanning the QR code on the SmartSocks® effortlessly connects them to the Wi-Fi network.


A sensor embedded in one of the SmartSocks® collects physiological data from the foot and the ankle of the person being monitored.


The sensor data is transmitted wirelessly to a secure cloud platform.


Sophisticated algorithms (patent pending) process the sensor data, estimating the likelihood that the person wearing the SmartSocks® is experiencing distress.


The care team is alerted to distress through the Milbotix app.


The care team intervenes to de-escalate the situation.


The SmartSocks® incorporate research innovations developed in Bristol, UK and Osaka, Japan.

Discreet embedded sensors

The SmartSocks® collect physiological data from the foot and ankle. The sensor array uses e-textiles, and its design is informed by experimental research investigating physiological responses to pain, social anxiety, and mental workload.

AI recognition of distress

The algorithm reliably recognises activity and stress biomarkers, alerting care staff to signs of (unverbalised) distress at an earlier stage than might otherwise be possible.

Why socks?

Some people find wearables overly complex, uncomfortable, and/or stigmatising. Maintaining regular patterns of charging and use can also prove challenging. The SmartSocks® are designed to increase acceptance and adherence. They will be machine washable with no need to recharge.