Here are the smart socks that help millions of people with autism or dementia

A doctoral student invented the so-called "smart socks", which can sense when people with dementia and autism are in trouble by monitoring certain parameters, such as heart rate and sweating.

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Dr. Zeke Steer wanted to create this tool after seeing his great-grandmother suffering from dementia.

For this reason, in fact, he decided to start investigating how wearable technologies andartificial intelligence they can help with i symptoms of dementia.

The socks, which keep track of the heart rate, sweat levels and movement, allow health care workers to intervene before symptoms worsen.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, which is helping fund the development of this technology, there will be more than 2040 million people affected by this disease by 1,6.

(Read also: In 2050, dementia will hit three times the population, study raises the alarm)

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Dr Steer worked at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory to find a solution, and to succeed in developing a mobile phone app. And regarding his research he stated:

The foot is actually a great place to collect stress data, and socks are a familiar piece of clothing that people wear every day.

Smart socks look like regular socks, do not need to be changed and are normally machine washable.

They provide a steady stream of data to healthcare professionals, who can easily access their patients' metrics through an app.

This assisted technology succeeds in foresee agitation imminent, and to alert staff to intervene before it can degenerate into distressed and dangerous behavior.

Dr. Steer launched his business, Milbotix, in February 2020, which is currently testing socks with people with mid-to-late stage dementia, and is developing the technology before it goes on sale.

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