To all those still in Back to the Future II self-lacing trainer denial (seriously... why aren't these a thing yet?) this may be proof that our world - and shoes - might certainly be comparable to that of the classic blockbuster, despite being a few years behind. But better late than never, right?
Puma and MIT Design Lab have teamed up to develop footwear with a biological makeup – that’s science speak for DNA – the function of which is to provide a fuller athletic experience. Wearing living, adaptable sports products, in the form of their ‘Deep Learning Insoles’ and ‘Breathing Shoes’ could help improve performance and build understanding of our natural capabilities.
Not quite following? Puma x MIT Lab Deep Learning Insole uses a secret ingredient to identify compounds present in, erm, sweat. This ingredient responds and changes the shape of your shoe soles, triggering sensors, thereby broadcasting information to your smart phone about your fatigue and performance levels, all in real time. The kicker? The secret ingredient is actually bacteria. Yikes! Well... if it works for Milan Design Week, right?
The Breathing Shoes contain biologically active material which houses microorganisms. Through identification of each user’s unique heat patterns, the material opens up ventilation for a more complete athletic experience. And the projects don’t just stop there. MIT Design Lab continues to innovate at a swift pace in order to bring us real time futuristic feels.
Next stop, jeans with real pockets maybe?
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