Smart Shoes Help Runners Improve Fast Running

Japanese start-up Orphe showcased a smart shoe with a flashing LED light at the annual trade show for the wireless device industry Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Shoes equipped with this sensor can help runners improve style run fast or sprint they.

Track shoes produced by Japanese start-up Orphe are not just brightly colored. The shoes are smart too.

The shoes are equipped with sensors that track style run of the wearer and help analyze their performance.

Regina Kraynyaya of Orphe stated, “There will be sensors right under your feet. These sensors will provide you with precise, extremely high accuracy and professional data on how you land your foot, whether on the heel, midsection or forefoot. Usually runners want to control this feature. When they land on their heels, this puts a lot of stress on the joints. They don’t want to do that, and it’s really hard to change the way we land our feet.”

A special mobile application will notify users of their foot landing pattern, length of contact with the ground or surface, length and height of leg swing, cadence and so on.

The LED light on the side of the shoe lights up when the shoe hits the ground during data recording. The color changes according to the landing pattern of the feet.

Kraynyaya said the project initially started with plans to create an interactive musical instrument, but the design team later realized that the technology could also be applied to footwear.

Kraynyaya adds, “Because it’s interactive, people are getting more and more interested in this feature. So we reduced its functionality to a sensor and decided to focus on runners.”

ORPHE showcases new shoe product prototypes and full body motion analysis solutions "ORPHE ANALYTICS" in "SPORTEC2021" at Tokyo Big Sight, December 2, 2021. (Facebook/orpheinc)

ORPHE showcased a new shoe product prototype and full body motion analysis solution “ORPHE ANALYTICS” at “SPORTEC2021” at Tokyo Big Sight, December 2, 2021. (Facebook/orpheinc)

The latest version of Orphe’s Track smart shoe is slated to hit the market in April. The price will be set at around 250 euros.

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“We offer a subscription system for companies that want to use our movement analytics platform. So, there will be a lot of raw data that they can use. This data is obtained by way of subscriptions,” added Regina Kraynyaya.

The Mobile World Congress exhibition runs for four days until March 3. [uh/ab]


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