Thanks to these app-controlled insoles, you can say goodbye to sweaty and smelly feet this summer.
Did you know that the human foot has more sweat glands than any other part of the body and is responsible for producing nearly a half a pint of perspiration each day? Pretty gross, right? Not only can wet socks be uncomfortable, there’s nothing worse than the rotten smell that often coincides with it. Now think, how great would it be if there was a way to wear your favorite shoes any time of the year without having to worry about that issue?
This was the basis behind a newly-launched project from a group of Dutch entrepreneurs. Dubbed uGale, these smart insoles are meant to prevent those sweaty and stinky feet through microcompressed air directed at those otherwise inaccessible areas of the foot. This enables wearers to maintain optimal temperatures within their shoe, thereby alleviating the humidity in the bacteria-ridden space.
Users can adjust the airflow to their liking by way of an accompanying Android or iOS app, which communicates to the insole via Bluetooth. Not to mention, come time for those frigid winter days, the uGALE can provide up to 104° F of heat per foot. Each unit is comprised of a temperature and a humidity sensor, along with an accelerometer, all housed in a water-resistant cover.
“uGALE has been designed so individuals can wear any pair of shoes at any time of the year. In the winters, uGALE will warm the feet in the cold outdoors and prevent them from sweating indoors,” the Vay Technologies team notes. “The same shoes, by the use of uGALE, will allow your feet to stay cool in the summers under the scorching sun or during exercises.”
Aside from its tech-savvy design, the insole was crafted with ergonomics in mind. uGALE provides its wearers with arch support and shock-absorption cushions near the heel and toes. Good news for those who are stuck in an office or class all day, the smart insoles can last up to 10 hours on one battery charge. What’s even cooler is the way that it charges: wirelessly via an induction mat.
Prone to sweaty, smelly feet like Kimmy Gibbler of Full House? You’ll want to check out the Vay Technologies crew’s Kickstarter campaign, which is currently seeking $40,582.