Researcher develops smart socks for those with dementia and autism

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Dementia patients often suffer from confusion, and having a large device attached to their arm can cause distress.This will often see the patient trying to remove the device. In the case of autism, hypersensitivity to stimuli caused by a device worn on the arm can be extremely distressing. It's similar to that of burning or skin scraping.

A PhD research student from the University of Bristol has developed a smart sock that can provide key sensor details for medical staff while being comfortable to wear. The socks embed multiple sensors using e-textiles that look for various biomarkers, including heart rate, sweat, and motion. This data is then fed into a mobile app that uses deep learning to identify patterns of potential stress.