Thursday, September 05, 2013

Apple Smart Shoes

Apple has been granted a patent for chip-equipped smart shoes. The patent for the "Shoe wear-out sensor, body-bar sensing system, unitless activity assessment and associated methods" was filed in July 2012. The method described is the placement of a sensor and processor in the heel of a shoe, which can be used to alert the wearer when the shoe is worn out and needs to be replaced. The sensor is able to track distance and impact to accurately gauge the shoe's condition using the cumulative data. Apple believe the smart shoe will in future be tailored to all manner of athletic activities and not just just running. A worn out shoe would issue an alert using either a series of LED lights or through a wireless transmitter to an external display like a smartphone. With an external display all of the collected data could be available to the user, turning the smart shoe into an easy way to keep track of workouts without needing any external pedometer.

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