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Google, Adidas Partner For Talking Shoe


Wearable technology is becoming more and more popular and integrated into the main stream. In fact, wearable technology could soon be a necessity to get through your everyday life. Everyone has likely heard of the Nike+ FuelBand and Google Glass stole the show at SXSW, so what could be next on the market? How about a talking shoe?

That’s right. Google and Adidas partnered up for a fun little project to develop a shoe that talks to you.

The shoe has an accelerometer, gyro, and pressure sensor embedded in the sole. It also talks to you to let you know how things are going and spits out over 250 phrases.

“We developed a shoe that could talk and tell you things–that could pick up enough information about your exercise, whether you’re walking, running, moving fast or slow,” said developer Leif Percifield, per FastCompany.com.

“From there, we developed the personality, and then added the phrases and connection. Not only does it have a personality and it actually talks to you, but it interacts with your social networks.”

In today’s world with social media so integrated in everything we do, the talking shoe will share information over a social network to track your data.

While the talking shoe is a gimmicky idea that won’t hit markets, I am sure there would be a market for it if the shoe was ever to be available.  What do you think of the talking shoe concept? Is it a nonsensical idea or technology that we could actually see making the rounds in the future?

Here is a video from Google that shows off the talking shoe:


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