Wearable devices or fitness trackers happen to be all the rage these days, as having one of these wrapped around your wrist is always cool, not to mention making you look as though you are in the loop with the rest of the world. Having said that, here is a particular device that looks set to make waves at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, next week, and yet interestingly enough, it is not going to be a smartphone of sorts. Rather, the IOFIT is a unique smart shoe that is in a category of its own. The IOFIT was developed by Salted Venture, which happens to be a startup that is supported by Samsung Electronics, being a solution that makes use of a combination of pressure sensors as well as a coaching app in order to improve a user’s balance as well as body posture so that one can enhance one’s fitness routine or golf swing.
This particular idea of a smart shoe was given birth to at C-Lab, which is one of Samsung’s primary Innovation Programs that enables their employees to nurture creative business ideas. Apart from that, there is a whole lot of potential to be realized where information garnered from feet are concerned, where among the possibilities include healthcare initiatives and video games. The IOFIT shoe is would not only provide your bank account with a soft landing thanks to its cost effectiveness, it is also highly portable.
Data analysis technology such as accelerometers and pressure sensors were incorporated into the outsoles of shoes, where they work in tandem in order to measure users’ balance, weight shift, ground contact force and location of COG (Center of Gravity), and these are specific factors essential to enable a more efficient and injury-free fitness and golf experience. All of this data will be updated in real-time, where it is displayed on a pressure map on the screen of the IOFIT smartphone app that is connected in turn to the shoes. There is no word on pricing as at press time.