Sneakers That Can Be Customized On The Go? Sweet!


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With smart technology increasingly infiltrating all aspects of our lives it was only a matter of time before someone invented 'smart' shoes - Ones that can be customized at the owner's whim. Called ‘ShiftWear,' the animated sneakers are the brainchild of a team of entrepreneurs, futurists, and engineers led by New York-based designer David Coelho.

The adaptable shoes, which will be available as high, medium, and low tops can be customized using a smartphone app that is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Shoe owners will have the option of selecting a design from a variety of HD patterns and GIF-like animations sketched by famous artists or create one themselves. The company's founders envision a marketplace where artists can not only share but also sell their designs to others.

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Despite being electronic projections, the designs are clearly visible even in the brightest sunlight. What's even cooler is that by switching on a backlight, users can even show off their designs in the dark!

According to Coelho, the sneakers will retain their charge “forever” if only static images are displayed. Though they will need periodic recharging if animated images are projected, active users have nothing to worry about. That's because the shoes are fitted with special Walk-N Charge technology that powers the shoes with every step. Inactive or power design changers also have option of charging the sneakers wirelessly.

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The sturdy shoes come with soles covered with Kevlar Fibers (the same material used to make bulletproof vests), mitigating normal wear and tear. Even better? They are completely waterproof and can even be tossed into an ordinary laundry machine for a quick rinse! Though the founders will not reveal how the magical sneaker works, they do disclose that they are simply tweaking currently available technology to suit their needs. The company estimates that the shoes, which are scheduled to debut in Fall 2016 will range in price from $150 USD to $1,000 USD depending on the size of the e-paper panels where the designs are displayed.

This is not the first time electronics and shoes have merged. Lithuania-based iShuh Technologies has come up with a similar concept that connects e-reader panels to a smartphone app via a Bluetooth. Whether these smart shoes become as ubiquitous as our smart devices remains to be seen, but they sure are fascinating.


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  • hibrid
    hibridTuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:25 am
    I need them 😱
    • agmyog
      agmyogTuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:37 am
      These shoes look awesome but they probly cost a lot
      • smk
        smkTuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7:05 am
        so cool, I want them!!!!
        • mathneard
          mathneardMonday, March 9, 2020 at 11:21 am
          • mathneard
            mathneardMonday, March 9, 2020 at 11:21 am
            OMG I LOVETHIS
            • slothsage
              slothsageMonday, February 24, 2020 at 11:28 am
              This is COOL!!!!!!!!!!!! I want these!
              • darkfury09
                darkfury09Monday, February 24, 2020 at 8:54 am
                I WANT THE ANIME SHOES!!:)
                • darkfury09
                  darkfury09Monday, February 24, 2020 at 8:49 am
                  I REALLY WANT THESE SHOES !!!!!!!!!!
                  • darkfury09
                    darkfury09Monday, February 24, 2020 at 8:50 am
                    Anime shoes!:)
                  • xpertthief62
                    xpertthief62Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 2:13 pm
                    WOW, I want these!!!!
                    • bugthegreat123
                      bugthegreat123Monday, February 3, 2020 at 8:07 am
                      oh my gosh i want these shoes!!!