I'm pretty sure that Apple are secretly proud that there isn't an Android version of the Sock Sorter app
September 20th, 2012
Remember how for years one of the standard jokes about technological overkill was about whether the world really needed an internet-connected fridge. At heart, that joke was all about the pervasiveness of the network and what could be done with it.
Imagine your phone could communicate with your socks. Your phone would know:
- which socks belong together,
- and could help sort them out,
- how often you have washed your socks,
- when your socks were produced,
- when you ordered your socks and
- when your socks were dispatched.
Your iPhone can also tell you if your black socks are no longer properly black and help you buy new socks.
This is something we dreamed about and we have made the dream come true. The result is Smarter Socks – probably the smartest socks in the world. They are undoubtedly the first socks which leave their mark on the internet via the Sock Sorter and your iPhone.
The funny thing is that I spent some time sorting socks yesterday, as you do, and even though I had my iPod Touch to hand2 at no point did I think "I wonder if there's an app for this?" Not only is there an app, there's a sock-scanning peripheral to scan the RFID tag built into each sock. Furthermore, the app includes a Blackometer function that allows you to check how black your socks are. Which is vital, apparently.
Granted, this is from the company that brought us the Sockscription, so it's for people who are really serious about their socks. I don't think I'm the target audience.