Adidas introduces what it claims is the world’s first ‘intelligent’ shoe. Called the adidas_1 (I like the underscore!), the description alone makes it sound wicked cool. The shoes have sensors beneath the heels that monitors changes in weight, surface type and speed 1,000 times per second and passes that onto an embedded chip that analyzes that data to figure out how much cushioning you need.
Then a motor-driven cable system adjusts the cushioning in the heel. Simple enough, I suppose, but probably not since this is the first of its kind. I do wonder how sturdy the cable system inside the shoe is though – can it really stand up to the constant pounding that runners apply to their shoes? At $250 a pop, will it last more than a few months? After all, runners go through shoes faster than they do underwear!
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