Tag Archives: Smart Shoes

These smart shoes will improve your morning jog

These Arduino Gemma-based sneakers will make your run more fun with less injuries! 

Like 75% of runners, Maker Lisa Kusaka is an avid jogger, but doesn’t enjoy it so much without her extensive playlist of music. One day, she noticed that certain songs seemed to suit her pace better than others, becoming a natural and entertaining pace keeper. With this in mind, RunBeat was born.


Developed while at SLEM (an international innovation and education institute for footwear located in the Netherlands), it is a smart insole that measures your running pace and generates music with the same beats per minute to match your stride. The system consists of a pressure sensor embedded into the insole beneath the ball of the foot to promote proper running form. The sensor reads the impact of each step and sends the data over to an Arduino Gemma (ATtiny85) located in the shoe’s arch.

This pace data is also transmitted to an accompanying mobile app via Bluetooth. This app then selects the tunes based on the preferred genre and the current running pace. What’s nice is that, since all of the technology is located in a 3D-printed insole and not the sneaker itself, RunBeat is compatible with just about every running shoe on the market.


On top of that, fellow SLEM classmate Chrissy Glove recently came up with an idea to improve the running experience as well. This time, instead of pairing beats to stride, the maker wanted to create a wearable device that would help improve form. Having dealt with injuries throughout her own career, she was well aware as to how imperative injury prevention is to any runner. So, she decided to develop a smart sneaker that would detect improper form in three ways: by recognizing when a runner’s gait differed from their norm, suggesting a forefoot foot strike and detecting the precise location of an injury when one strikes.


The aptly named Strike features a side lacing system to relieve pressure from the tendons on the top of the foot, while Adafruit NeoPixel lights allow for nighttime safety and easy notification. Glove attached an Velostat sensor in the heel pad to an Arduino Gemma (ATtiny85) and a piezo buzzer. These electronics, along with a battery, are all enclosed inside a 3D-printed insole.

The Maker wrote some code that would read the pressure sensor as input, and in turn produce a different effect with the LEDs and piezo buzzer accordingly. For example, when the runner strikes with their heel, they will feel a buzz to alert them so they can modify their footstrike to be more forefoot. Additionally, the shoe records the wearer’s normal foot strike pattern and stores it in its internal memory. This way, should the runner happen to stray away from his or her natural gait, they will be warned in similar fashion.


Beyond that, Glove included electrodes in the shoe that could read the nerve endings on the bottom of the runner’s foot. As a precaution should they get hurt, Strike can better determine the exact location of the injury by buzzing in a varying sequence and illuminating the red LEDs.

uGALE is a smart insole to stop stinky feet

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 uGalethese 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.

12 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This three-in-one 3D printer, CNC mill and laser engraver will bring an entire Makerspace to your desktop. Brothers Justin and Joel Johnson are currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This pocket-sized drone is equipped with an HD aerial photo that allows you to capture videos and photos from the sky. ElecFreaks is currently seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo.



This wall-adorned lamp hopes to redefine your relationship with artificial light by bringing the sun inside. Lumilabs is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.

Project Ryptide


This drone attachment that can deliver an automatically inflating life-ring to a swimmer in distress in a matter of seconds. Led by Bill Piedra, the team of Connecticut high school students are currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.



This building block-style keyboard allows you to fully customize your keyboard layouts from scratch. The BreadBoardManic crew is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.

Electric Eel Wheel


This electric spinning wheel is capable of taking fiber and twisting it into yarn. Maurice Ribble is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.



This professional motor controller is ideal for CNC machine, 3D printers, racing simulators and robotics. Granite Devices is currently seeking $15,000 on Indiegogo.



This Arduino-powered prototyping tool lets you easily add expressive LED effects to your designs. SCALAR Electronics is currently seeking $2,5000 on Kickstarter.



This smart shoe system uses motion sensors and LEDs to enable new forms of audio-visual expression. No new folk studio is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.

Disco Dog


This smartphone-controlled LED dog vest displays a variety of animated patterns and custom scrolling text in thousands of colors. PARTY NYC is currently seeking $15,000 on Kickstarter.



This 1-cubic-inch keyring is designed to function as numerous accessories for your smartphone, ranging from an emergency charger to a storage solution to an LED torch. Mutants DesignLab is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This plug-and-play computer vision add-on brings endless application potential to drones. Percepto is currently seeking $60,000 on Indiegogo.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here.

Smart shoes bring Google Maps to your feet

India-based startup Ducere Technologies Pvt. hopes to combine wearable technology and wayfinding with its newly-unveiled Lechal smart shoes. Paired with an app and Google Maps, the embedded footwear interacts with its wearers through haptic feedback. Rather than have to listen to a spoken guide, the user can now “feel” the directions through the Bluetooth-connected shoes’ vibrations.


As Business Insider writes, “Lechal shoes are one of several smart footwear products to emerge into the market recently. Some of these other gadgets, however, are more focused on health and fitness while the Lechals’ navigational capabilities offer a more broad use case.” According to its creators, the shoes were originally designed to assist the visually-impaired navigate in conjunction with a cane; however, as the company began to develop the shoes, it became evident the footwear possessed a number of other uses.

One thing is for certain, you’ll never forget your shoes while heading out — something that can’t be said for wristbands.”Shoes are a natural extension of the human body,” Co-Founder and CEO Krispian Lawrence, told the Wall Street Journal. “You’d never forget to wear shoes, the way you might forget your phone or wallet at home.”

You can either wear the sneakers, which come in red or black, or put the insoles inside an existing pair of shoes.