The future of shoes is not so far away. After Nike unveiled it’s self-lacing shoes (shoutout to Back to the Future), it looks like others don’t want to get left behind in the smart shoe run. Vixole launched a crowdsourcing campaign yesterday for the “World’s First Customizable E-Sneaker.”
The Vixole Matrix features a customizable LED display for static or motion graphics. Speaking to Engadget, Ali Ma and Haidong Dong, two of Vixole’s founders, said the final design will feature a 22ppi LED display wrapped around the rear of the shoe, inside injection-molded thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).
It’s packed with an array of sensors that reacts to your movements, GPS coordinates, or even your playlist, along with an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer installed in a specially designed insole. Haptic sensors allow for vibrating notifications and prompts in turn-by-turn directions.
All of this can be controlled using an app on your smartphone.
Whether you’re a biker, a skater, or a dancer, the Matrix wants to be the smart shoe for you. It’s a testament to the growing prominence of augmented and virtual reality technology in our lives, finding applications for our head to our toes.