24 Sep '12, 10pm

Smart shoes: The physics behind Nike's sensor-filled basketball sneakers, the Nike+ Hyperdunk

Smart shoes: The physics behind Nike's sensor-filled basketball sneakers, the Nike+ Hyperdunk

Nike makes some cool stuff. In particular, the Nike+ gear is quite interesting. These are different sensors that you can use to measure your performance in sports like running, training, or basketball. Clearly, there is some physics to explore here – and thanks to the good folks at Nike , I have a pair to play with. In this case, I have the Nike Hyperdunk hightops with the Nike+ basketball sensors. What Does It Do? Let me just go through the setup real quick. First, here are the two Nike+ basketball sensors. One goes in each shoe. Once the sensors are in the shoes, you can connect the sensors to your iPhone or iPod touch. If you have an older phone (I have the iPhone 4), the sensor kit comes with an adaptor to allow communication with the sensors. Really, after that you are ready to go. The sensors then give you the following data: pressure, vertical jump height, the numbe...

Full article: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/09/the-physics-of-...

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