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Saturday, October 02, 2004
 
The DaVinci Institute - Smart Shoes
Another article from Thomas Frey of the daVinci institute. This one talks about the future technology of the shoe. (It's interesting to note, by the way, that the adidas T-Mac 4 has a "foot gripping" technology very similar to that mentioned by Frey.)

Frey's ideas are interesting, and I have no doubt that some of them will come into being fairly soon (though tread-changing soles may be a ways off yet).

I'd like to add that shoes of the future will probably communicate with whatever portable computing device you are wearing to provide information on steps taken, forces experienced including your weight and the weight of anything you may be carrying, and other useful bits of information. Blood pressure, pulse (and to a lesser extent, persipration) might be better suited to other garments like undershirts.

An obvious, much-discussed technology of the future for shoes is power generation. As we pound out our steps daily, it would be nice to capture that power and feed it into other systems that we carry around with us (whatever they may be).

The DaVinci Institute - Smart Shoes
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