Integrating data to improve performance
Kinematix, a Portuguese start up, needed us to design and build a prototype for it's wearable product called Tune, that would detect user's foot strike in a shoe as they exercised. With the post workout data, runners would be equipped with bespoke information about adjustments they could make in their running style to improve performance and reduce risks of injuries.
"As a runner, when you use your feet more efficiently, more power goes into speed and distance with fewer injuries. The design challenge included balancing the runner's desire for a convenient and easy to use product with the harsh environment experienced by a running shoe. Our final design integrated bluetooth connectivity to a demo App."
Tris Keech, Creative Director The Imagination Factory
It's not hard to find these sensors nowadays but we had to come up with a way to support them inside the boot without restricting the boots ability to bend and twist. We also didn't want to add too much weight because that would have made the boot feel unrealistic.
You can read more about how we went about it here.