The company Alpha-Fit GmbH (Ltd.) was founded in 2005 by a physicist, a medical scientist and a philosopher.
They had a very simple idea: Developing a textile system that would help patients suffering from diabetes to find perfectly fitting shoes. They wanted to develop a tool for orthopaedic shoemakers with which they would be able to perfectly craft such shoes, since patients suffering from diabetes often have numb feet. A sock that would be able to measure the pressure all around the foot while walking has not been invented up to this date.
The technology is challenging. A simple sock is to be converted into a textile that – from a technological perspective – is most complex.
Most stages of the development of the pressure sensory sock – the “smart sock project” - have been completed by now.