Paird : Magnetic sock pads

Never lose another sock again.

The project in one sentence:

The paird magnetic sock patch effectively solves the "missing sock" dilemma by keeping socks together during the whole laundry cycle.

Paird Laundry project

The goal of the project was to identify problem that would arise during the laundry process and create a product for that problem. The problem my group identified was the problem of lost sock

The result was a prepackaged iron-on magnetic patch that can go on any paired item. Allowing socks to stay together even through dryer.


Derek Li 


Socks get lost during the laundry process. 


Prepackaged magnetic patches that can be applied onto paired soft goods with a hair straighteners (or an iron). The Paird patches keeps socks together through the laundry process even drying.

How it works


Stage 1 Task Annalysis


Our groupstarted the project by going through the whole laundry process whiledocumenting every detail. We identified problems that was considered mostproblematic and moved on into designing a product around this specific problem.

Stage 2 Research


One of the main goal of our team is to solve the problem of the missing sock in laundry cycles. The main reason for the lost of sock is the pair never actually made it to the washing machine, so therefore the two socks would not likely to pair up again. Few other possible answer is :

1. A sock got swept into the little space(s) around the washing machine’s agitator.

2. The sock might be hiding in the gap between the tub and drum (usually near the top of a front-loading machine).

3. Small items in the laundry can slip between the tub and the drum, work their way down, and get sucked into the drain pump — and either stop there, or go out with the rest of the wastewater.

4. Socks can sometimes get sucked into the dryer filter or vent ducting.

5. Both with and without the help of static cling, socks like to hide in other articles of clothing (particularly pant legs) and in linens (especially the corners of fitted sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)


Stage 3 Market Research


Our group did some basic research on what is already out there in the market to begin with. We then created an approximation of how much missing socks costs for individual. From there, our team eliminated designs that are more costly than the problem.

Stage 4 Setting parameters and Ideation

//界定范围 以及  构思

Now that the source of the problem was identified, our group started to set parameters to create a design ideas.

Step 5 Prototype


Making physical prototypes and running tests on possible designs. Eliminating designs and exploring new materials. The following is the prototype of one of the designs. (A ambitious attempt) to solve the problem directly with what was at hand.

Step 6 Finalized Design 


Our final solution to the question was Paird: pre-made magnetic patches. The solution is fairly simple. The Paird patch is an iron-on magnet patch that keeps the socks together during the laundry cycle so they do not get lost. 

The Paird patch can be applied onto almost any fabric surface with a heated iron or simply a hair straightener. It not only holds socks, it also works on other paired fabric objects such as gloves. It holds the socks together during wash, and even through dryer cycles. It automatically attaches itself to the sides of washing machines or dryers to prevent socks from slipping into the cracks. 

The Paird patch comes in various different colors. It can go on the inside or outside of socks depending on your preference. Rare-earth magnets are used to minimize the thickness of the patch. It is also strong enough to stay magnetized through the heating cycle of drying.  

A video on how it works can be viewed in the Prezi presentation above!


"Stay Together"

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