If you’re as malcoordinated as us, any attempt to get your groove on leads to blood on the dance floor – as you step on everyone’s feet. So these GroundWave Shadow sneakers could be a godsend.
Created by industrial designer Tom Sykes as a final year project at Loughborough University Design School, the GroundWave concept uses accelerometer sensors to track your tootsies, syncing up with a smartphone app to teach you where to put your feet in time to the beat.
Okay, so as a concept design the GroundWaves aren’t going to be on sale any time soon – but as well as the design protoype, Tom has also built a tech proof-of-concept. “I built a model with an accelerometer in an existing shoe and monitored the outputs, calibrated to read in Gs,” he tells Stuff.tv – and it works. With the likes of Adidas’ miCoach Speed Cell adding tracking tech to shoes, it wouldn’t take too much effort to make the GroundWaves a reality. To Kickstarter!
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