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heapsylonIt seems as though people like the idea of smart socks.

Heapsylon, a company founded two years ago by three Microsofties, is developing what is essentially a pedometer on steroids embedded in your socks.

We wrote about the smart socks back in May, detailing the technology behind the product called Sensoria Fitness which has three main aspects: e-textile sensors, a snap-on bluetooth-enabled anklet brace and the resulting data feedback.

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Heapsylon founders Mario Esposito, Maurizio Macagno and Davide Vigano.

The sensor-infused, washable socks, which recently surpassed its funding goal of $80,000 on Indiegogo with one week remaining, are similar to today’s fitness trackers in that they can record stats like calories burned or distance traveled.

But what sets them apart is the socks’ ability to measure basic absolute and shear pressure, which can provide information about when and where the foot lands on the ground, as well as stride length, cadence, intensity and activity type, whether you’re standing, walking, running.

“They are substantially more accurate than any pedometer or fitness tracker out there,” co-founder David Vigano told us in May.

Heapsylon hit its first stretch goal of $100,000 and now will be developing an app for Windows Phone. Learn more about the socks here.

Previously on GeekWire: Wearable computing: How technology will soon be stitched into our lives 

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