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With Smartphones and Smart TVs, Now Here Are Smart Socks

By - Source: Blacksocks | B 14 comments

Can't find the right sock? There is an app for that.

Blacksocks, a sock subscription and delivery service based in Switzerland, claims to have found a solution for a particularly male problem: How do you find a matching black sock in a stack of countless other black socks? How do you find the right for the left, and how do you find the sock that has been washed exactly the same number of times than the other?

Blacksocks suggests you use their Smarter Socks, or "Plus+" socks, that integrate a RFID chip inside a button. There is an iPhone app that goes along with it, but since the iPhone does not have NFC capability yet, there is a "Sock Sorter" palm-sized box that serves as RFID reader and connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth. So, if you are helplessly standing in front of your laundry basket, you would use the sock sorter (1 ft range) to scan your socks and your iPhone would beep when the right sock is found.

Sure, it may not be the most elegant way if you need two gadgets to scan your laundry, but at least you will find the right sock and also receive sock stats. You will know whether it is a right or a left sock you are holding and you will know how often they have been washed. And for those of us who are lightly color blind, you can even take pictures of your socks and the app will tell you whether the socks are still black or if they are fading and should be replaced.

The price? $189 for the starter pack with the sorter and 10 pairs of RFID socks. Each additional pair of RFID socks is priced at $18.90.

 

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    master_chen , September 25, 2012 1:16 AM


    ...no end for the degree of humanity's stupidity...after all...
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    brickman , September 25, 2012 1:23 AM
    Now for a pair of underwear that tweets when you are horny or take a crap... I bet someone is making it now.
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    nebun , September 25, 2012 1:08 AM
    really?....you have got to be kidding....such stupidity
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  • 13 Hide
    nebun , September 25, 2012 1:08 AM
    really?....you have got to be kidding....such stupidity
  • 18 Hide
    master_chen , September 25, 2012 1:16 AM


    ...no end for the degree of humanity's stupidity...after all...
  • 16 Hide
    brickman , September 25, 2012 1:23 AM
    Now for a pair of underwear that tweets when you are horny or take a crap... I bet someone is making it now.
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    rangas , September 25, 2012 1:28 AM
    lol'ed brickman
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    JBB-SaDo , September 25, 2012 1:30 AM
    Wow, What's next? Underwear with bomb scanners? ;P
  • 6 Hide
    SoiledBottom , September 25, 2012 2:33 AM
    Remember kids its socks first ...then shoes
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    freggo , September 25, 2012 3:29 AM
    JBB-SaDoWow, What's next? Underwear with bomb scanners? ;P


    What if the Commando is going commando ? :-)
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    groveborn , September 25, 2012 5:07 AM
    Don't worry, this only caters to a particular set of people with OCD. It's unlikely to make much money.
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    rawoysters , September 25, 2012 6:19 AM
    This may be the stupidest thing I have ever seen.
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    master_chen , September 25, 2012 8:26 AM
    Quote:
    This may be the stupidest thing I have ever seen.

    Oh believe me, looks like there a lot more coming in the future, because
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    there is just no end for the degree of humanity's stupidity.


    Abominably stupid things like AOL, SOPA, Dragon Ball Movie, BIOHAZARD Gun Survivor, Apple Pippin, GRANDIA III, The Lion King Musical, Sailor Moon SuperS, Silent Hill Homecoming, Diet Pepsi, Nonalcoholic Beer, Final Fantasy X-2, "Fast and Furious" Movie, "Teletubbies" and Gigabyte's "G1-Killer Assassin 2" - are all (and tons more) created by humankind.

    ...

    *Insert obligatory Zapp Brannigan-related joke here.*
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    acadia11 , September 25, 2012 12:42 PM
    Brilliant I have this freaking problem all the time!!!!!
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    acadia11 , September 25, 2012 12:43 PM
    nebunreally?....you have got to be kidding....such stupidity



    Actually, I think it's a great idea, you must not be a business traveler, nothing more annoying than packing Sunday night ... trying to figure out socks.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2012 2:57 PM
    cheaper to just buy a fresh pair then...
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    ashinms , September 26, 2012 7:12 AM
    master_chenOh believe me, looks like there a lot more coming in the future, becauseAbominably stupid things like AOL, SOPA, Dragon Ball Movie, BIOHAZARD Gun Survivor, Apple Pippin, GRANDIA III, The Lion King Musical, Sailor Moon SuperS, Silent Hill Homecoming, Diet Pepsi, Nonalcoholic Beer, Final Fantasy X-2, "Fast and Furious" Movie, "Teletubbies" and Gigabyte's "G1-Killer Assassin 2" - are all (and tons more) created by humankind. ...*Insert obligatory Zapp Brannigan-related joke here.*

    Dude, tellytubbies just turned into one of those mouse-over advertisements. I almost scrolled over it to see what it was....