We live in an age of innovation and development, with new technologies rising up every day and taking over a part of the IT industry. We’ve seen the birth of the smart phone, the smart watch, the smart bracelet, and even the smart bed and the smart refrigerator. During this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung is to present IOFIT – the first smart shoes.
Salted Venture is the company responsible for the IOFIT, as the Samsung spin-off wanted to create the first wearable device to actually coach and train you, instead of just giving you a bunch of numbers and letting you figure out what they mean and what to do with them.
The team realized that there is apparently loads of valuable information coming from our feet, and that we’re letting all of that go to waste. So why not put it to good use, helping people learn how to better exercise, train, or even practice their golf swing.
Going to multiple gyms, fitness centers, and even golf courts, the team realized that the technology they needed to use in their new products already existed in the form of force plate (generally used for adjusting posture and analyzing data). This gave them the confidence and motivation to go on with their plan.
But the products needed to be both efficient and cost effective, otherwise nobody would be interested in what they offered. So, the team incorporated accelerometers and pressure sensors into the outsoles of shoes.
With their help, you will receive on the designated smart phone app data pertaining to your center of gravity, weight shift, balance, and ground contact force, allowing you to train better, exercise better, and all without even being constantly reminded that you’re wearing a device.
Except that you will sort of be reminded of that despite its total unobtrusiveness, as the IOFIT will be pretty much focused on training. Your data will be easily recordable and savable, allowing you to very easily have it analyzed either face to face or via the app by an actual trainer.
Further expanding on their unobtrusiveness factor, besides the fact that the sensors will be integrated into the shoes’ soles, the company wants to talk some of the world’s leading brands about it. The plan is to have pretty much any major brand of shoes you like equipped with the device, so that you can wear whatever makes you comfortable and still be able to fully enjoy the benefits the IOFIT will have to offer.
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