Smart Shoes

On the Path to Intelligent Footwear

Nov 01, 2016

 

Shoe with glasses in a chair reading a book called how to find your sole mate

Smart shoes are leading the way to intelligent, IoT connected, apparel.

What can a smart shoe do for you?

HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes from Nike with self-tightening laces (not unlike Marty McFly's in Back to the Future II) are being released this month in the United States. The shoes automatically tighten the laces when a pressure sensor in the heel is engaged. There are buttons on the side to personalize your fit. The future may be shoes that can make swift adjustments in the fit, to adapt on the fly to different situations, automatically tightening if you are running, and letting loose when you sit down.

With smart shoe insoles from Lechal, you can enter a destination on a connected smart phone and your GPS enabled shoes will gently vibrate, letting you know which way to go while walking or cycling. This could be a big help if you are visiting an unfamiliar city for work or on vacation. It can also assist people that are visually-challenged. Not just for navigation, these smart soles can track your steps and distance to calculate calories burned. The easily removable pods are recharged in a docking station.

The smart golf shoes from IOFIT, measure your balance and weight shift while swinging a club, and feed this information to your phone for instant analysis.

Smart sole inserts and shoes that can track your child or loved one with autism or dementia are a great application for smart shoes.

Smart shoes are making strides to be firmly planted in the IoT, and a top contender in future fashion.

What is the Future of Footwear?

Future shoes might have these features:

3D printed at home

Custom fit (each foot is scanned)

Self-cleaning material on top (uppers)

Color changing capability

The texture of the sole adapts to the environment (slick for bowling, non-slip for sailing)

Flip-flops don't make noise when you walk (my wish)

Smart Shoe Resources

Under Armour's smart shoe tells you if you're tired

Lechal - The footwear of the future

IOFIT smart golf shoes

Digitsole - warm your feet and track your day

Samsung helped create these new smart shoes

Lenovo - smart shoes video

Cristiano Ronaldo Wears First Self-Lacing Shoes

Altra IQ smart shoe

Nike Hyper Adapt video

Walk with Path

Volvorii Smart Shoe IGG video

Speedform Gemini 2

Dorothy smart shoe clip

easyJet smart shoes

ShiftWear sneakers

GPS Smart Sole tracks wanderers

CARV Real-Time Ski Wearable

lundí: the world’s first luxury, heated smart-boots video

Orphe: smart-LEDshoes for performers video

SolePower converts your steps into charging power

hype8 kicks video

E-Traces Ballet Shoes video

Self-lacing Nike MAG video

The Future of Shoes

 

References

Black Converse sneakers by Brooke Fishwick [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Love laces image by George Hodan via PublicDomainPictures

Chair by Gergely Hideg via Flickr

Bookshelf by By Jelizawjeta P. (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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About Jack Hanson

Jack Hanson

Jack is not your typical future technology blogger. As an early baby boomer, he's lost a bit of his bang. Not intending to be cruel, Facebook recently notified him that his schoolmates at General Equivalency Diploma, really want to be friends again. His yearly income averages just above his monthly urges. In spite of that, or because of it, Jack has a lust for living, a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire to contribute to a better future for all.

 

A nerdy social misfit with a head full of phobias and a quirky sense of humor, his personality has been described as "Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory--without the genious part."

 

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