Do RFID socks tell us we’re pathetic?

The high-tech Smarter Sock can tell you how old it is and where its mate is hiding.

(Credit:
Blacksocks)

Today I bought some Calvin Klein socks that seemed pretty fancy: they’re antibacterial and made of “rayon from bamboo.”

But leave it to the Swiss to make a mockery of such humdrum foot coverings. Smarter Socks are high-tech socks with RFID buttons that can help you find a sock’s mate, figure out how worn it is, and manage your sock inventory via an iPhone app.

Yes, you can manage your socks by logging on to your account and messing around with their RFID numbers. It’s supposed to make your life simpler compared to messing around in your sock drawer.

The socks work with a near-field communication (NFC) gadget called a Sock-Sorter, which connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth. You scan one sock, and then scan your heap of all-black socks to locate its mate. When it finds one, your iPhone will beep.

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