From measuring athletic performance to tracking fitness and evaluating health metrics, smart shoes are here to provide personalized feedback to users. Efforts are on to engineer traditional shoes with integrated technology to boost comfort, convenience, and good health. Smart shoes feature insoles that can act as a Bluetooth-connected accessory and can link activity or position to a smartphone app. They can function as a high-tech brain. Check out some brands that are making the change and innovating their footwear.
One of the world’s biggest shoe companies, Nike, launched innovative self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes. The shoes have pressure sensors in the soles that sense when to put the foot inside and triggers an algorithm that allows an automatic lacing. With integrated LEDs, the shoes can alert a user of low battery or a tight fit. Moreover, these shoes do not need charging every day, and the charge can last up to two weeks.
HOVR Phantom and HOVR Sonic shoes released in February 2018 by Under Armour have inbuilt sensors to record a number of metrics important for runners. These include pace, distance, steps, stride, and cadence. These chip-laden shoes can be easily synced to the Map My Run app and are compatible with iOS and Android phones. The users can experience zero gravity and a great energy run with the shoes’ excellent cushioning properties and comfort.
Smart shoes by Digitsole features a wide range of uses and is fit for everyone. These interactive smart shoes provide personalized feedback to analyze health, fatigue, posture, steps, and calories and create precise data for improving health and preventing injuries. It is easily connected to Bluetooth 4.0 device and provides personalized coaching in real time via a smartphone app. The lightweight next-gen shoe design boasts of auto-lacing and temperature regulation.
Xiaomi, another big player in the market, has developed chip-laden MiJia smart shoes. These shoes are easily connected to Xiaomi’s MiFit app to detect speed, distance, calories, hours slept, and even weight. By just shaking the shoes, one can connect and synchronize the data with the app. Moreover, these sporty looking shoes possess a long battery life.
Altra Torin IQ
These shoes feature razor-thin, lightweight sensors and transmitters to provide data for each foot individually. Moreover, they provide live coaching feedback, including impact rate, landing zone, distance, pace, contact time, and cadence. The coaching can be made audible depending on the preference of the runners. Altra IQ shoes communicate directly to the company’s iFit app on smartphones. App screen settings are easily customizable with feedback relayed in real time.