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By Micah Kingston
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About this project

Growing up with eight brothers, foot odor was always an issue with at least one of us in the house.  We had always wished that there was a way to solve it.  As I was working on my Masters degree in Physics, I was privileged to be able to study nano-technology. Nano-technology is exciting, because once you get on the nano-scale, material properties can be enhanced or completely changed. After I graduated, I started looking for applications where nano-technology could be the most useful.Then, I remembered the foot odor problem from so many years ago, and realized using nano-technology would be the perfect solution for people out there faced with the challenge of embarrassing foot odor.

It is an established fact that silver can be an effective tool in eliminating bacteria, but it turns out that nano-silver manufactured in a particular way can be even more effective.

Silver Particles
Silver Particles

We have utilized this and combined it with the use of environmentally friendly, moisture wicking bamboo threading to create the freshest, most comfortable sock I have ever worn.

We have found a way to bind the silver to the fabric of the sock to prevent the silver from washing out.

We have tested its durability by washing the socks 50 times, and examining them under a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and found no difference in the amount of nano-silver adhered to the sock as the socks that were not washed at all.

A Brand New Nano Sock Through a Microscope
A Brand New Nano Sock Through a Microscope
After 50 Washes, the Nano Structure Remains Intact
After 50 Washes, the Nano Structure Remains Intact

We have performed further testing on the effectiveness of the product by giving several prototypes to a number of different people, and challenging them to wear the socks for two weeks straight without washing them. They have done this, and in every case, they were surprised and amazed to find that after two weeks of wearing the socks without washing them, they still smelt fresh.  

There has been such a positive response to our product that we realized we could be on to something big. The funding we are asking for will allow us to scale up production so we can bring this product beyond my brothers, and to everyone.

These socks would also be ideal for camping or long hiking trips, where space and showers would be at a premium!  Whether it be for a few days or a few weeks, the NanoGuard socks go the distance!

The products we will be starting with will be a black or gray bamboo threaded NanoGuard sock.

We humbly ask for your support so that we can bring this amazing new product to market.  

Risks and challenges

Our first risk is that our sock manufacturer is currently producing in China. To mitigate this risk, an American supplier is building a manufacturing plant right here in the U.S., and we will be using them as soon as they are ready to avoid possible delays in shipping or other contingencies.

Our second risk is setting up the equipment necessary that will give us the ability to mass produce the socks treated with nano-silver. This risk will be reduced by hiring a team of engineers that we are already in talks with to help us set up our equipment if we meet our funding goal.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: 1 pair NanoGuard socks

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