Sunday, April 03, 2016

Cold feet?: There’s an app for that

A Kickstarter campaign for Lundi boots has been launched to help fund the startup brand’s mass production of their high tech boots which can reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit from the touch of a smartphone synced via Bluetooth.

According to the blurb, a built-in thermostat regulates the boot temperature and Lundi’s technology allows the heat to be distributed evenly around the feet. The black leather footwear is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and takes less than a minute to reach a desirable heat, depending on the temperature outside. The battery is concealed in the boot’s one-inch heel and can run continuously for up to eight hours. Recharging is done through a wireless system and takes less than two hours. Each boot weighs 2.2lbs, with the element, battery, with the electronics pack only contributing 0.2lbs of that figure.

The shoes range in women’s sizes 6-12 (US), available for preorder through Kickstarter for $349 (a pledge fee), but the purchase and shipping which is expected to begin in November is subject to $55,000 in pledges being raised by May 5. After the campaign ends, the boots will be available to purchase for $775 through the Lundi website.

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