24 Jan '13, 1pm

Apple Working On A Smart Device That Tells Users When To Replace Their Sneakers

Apple Working On A Smart Device That Tells Users When To Replace Their Sneakers

Apple files for, and receives, many patents each year from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. However, one of the company’s latest applications may also be the most curious. According to Apple Insider , Cupertino is seeking a patent for a “smart” shoe. Filed in July, Apple’s application is officially for a “Shoe wear-out sensor, body-bar sensing system, unitless activity assessment and associated methods.” In other words, the “iShoe” would tell the wearer when it was time to replace a set of sneakers, boots, or high-heals. The patent covers three main components: … a detector for sensing when the shoe wears out; a processor to measure the detector’s data; and an alarm for alerting the user when a shoe is no longer stable. Sensors can be of any type, including accelerometers, pressure sensors and piezoelectric flexing sensors, among others. Data is processed through an a...

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