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Lenovo comes up with intelligent trainers

by on10 June 2016

Too intelligent for your smelly feet

Lenovo has been showing off its new smart shoes concept at its Tech World conference in San Francisco.

Made with Italian outsole maker Vibram, the smart running shoe literally runs on an Intel Curie wearable chip. Your shoes can do all the typical fitness tracker stuff such as step counting, calorie tracking, numerous motion trackers, an accelerometer and a gyroscope.

It does not have a heart rate monitor because your feet are not really the place to get an accurate reading.

However, wearers can even receive customised “foot news” based on their activity data plugged into their smartphone. This could mean that you keep getting news about toxic gas, and smelly rubbish dumps as the shoes get their own passive aggressive revenge on your mushroom-coated trotters.

The smart shoes feature a customisable 3D-printed insole; LED lights on the bottom and has a built-in battery. They support wireless charging and can be juiced up by placing them on a charging panel. Users can get 10 days' worth of battery on normal use and 10 hours' worth of battery if you plan to do some intense running.

Apparently the sneakers can also be used as a mobile game controller where you step back and forth or jump around and see your movements reflected in the motion-controlled game.

All this is part of Lenovo's Internet of Things (IoT) strategy "that uses the cloud to tie together hardware, software and applications in a new way.

It is pretty much a proof-of-concept; it might be a while before we see the smart sneakers in the shops. Lenovo has not named a price or a launch date. Some rumours suggest they might be ready for Christmas, if the product trials work out.

Last modified on 10 June 2016
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