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Raven - VectraSense ThinkShoe With DigitalDNA
The Raven ThinkShoe, an atheletic shoe that senses activity levels and adjusts dynamically, is now available from Vectrasense.
(From Meet the Raven ThinkShoe)
A small computer embedded in the sole of each shoe senses the difference between running and walking; within 2 seconds, the shoe has fully adjusted using an inflatable bladder to meet your new footgear requirements:
"Imagine jogging down the road... You feel the computer kick in, giving you the increased support you need to maximize your jogging experience. After your jog, the computer senses you slowing down and kicks in to cushion your feet so you can rest.
These shoes require "AA" batteries to do their thing; VectraSense might want to get together with Dada to eliminate battery power - see Dada Sprees Supreme Shoes - Parasitic Power Harvesters.
See digital running shoes for yet another take on shoe technology.
See the VectraSense website for more information. VectraSense is an MIT technology company that was a finalist in the 1999 MIT 50K competition; the Raven is the world's first running shoe to use this technology. (Thanks to an alert reader for this story.)
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