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Student Invents Ultrasound Shoes For The Blind

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Blindness is, obviously, quite debilitating. But there are people out there working on developing tools that might make the lives of those deprived of sight just a bit easier. Argentinian student Juan Manuel Bustamante has developed a pair of shoes that uses ultrasound to help a blind person navigate his environment, removing the need for a cane. Dubbing his invention ‘Duspavoni’, the shoes feature sensors on the front, side, and back. They establish a 25-inch (63.5 centimeter) perimeter and will vibrate when a solid object is detected within it, vibrating the part of the shoe that corresponds with the location of the object. The closer the wearer gets to this object, the stronger and faster the vibration is, allowing them not only to know the direction but also the approximate distance to their obstacle.

The batteries that power the shoes are rechargeable, with a 5 hour charge lasting between 3 to 5 days. Unfortunately, there isn’t any information about commercialization or availability.

[ RT Article ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Can’t Eat This: Bacon & Egg Printed Shoes

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You’ll make a fashion statement for sure when you’ve got these shoes on, although it most likely won’t be a positive one. These are the Mozo Bacon N’ Eggs Sharkz Shoes for men, and they feature what its name says on the shoes itself: bacon and eggs. The shoes were designed for use in the kitchen, with side ventilation and slip resistant outsoles. They’re comfortable so they should be kind to your feet if you need to be on your feet all day.

The Mozo Bacon N’ Eggs Sharkz Shoes are available online for $29.95.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

With The Powerlace, Self-Lacing Shoes Are Finally Here

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We’ve all been getting a good laugh these last few years at the fact that many of Back To The Future II’s predictions don’t seem to be coming true. Flying cars? The ones we have are middling at best. However… it’s almost 2015, and would you know it, we’re already seeing a working hoverboard, and how self-lacing shoes. That’s right, a startup in St-Hubert, Canada has created the Powerlace shoes, which use an internal mechanism powered by the wearers weight to automatically lace the shoes at a predefined tension. Simply insert your foot, press down with your heel, and the laces will tighten.

Inserting your foot triggers the mechanism, which locks into place at a tension level set by a pull tab on the outside upper section. The tension in the laces can be adjusted separately, too, by moving the lace lock.

A thermo polyurethane sole serves as support for the mechanism as well as anchor for the lever that unlocks the mechanism, while the tongue opens right out once pressure is released from the laces.

The team has tested the system up to 200,000 lacing cycles, which if it stands up to real-world use would mean the mechanism could operate without a hitch for 68 years if used four times a day

That’s definitely longer than the actual show will last, so you can buy with confidence. It’s a Kickstarter, with a pledge of $175 netting you a pair.

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Digitsole Warms Your Soles From the Inside

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Winter is coming. If you’re not keen on laying socks or wearing boots to keep your toes from freezing off, then here’s something you might want to get: the Digitsole. It looks like those insoles that you put into shoes that are slightly loose to improve the fit, or into footwear that causes discomfort to your heel or soles. This particular one, however, warms them up instead.

The Digitsole isn’t the first heating insole in the market, but it’s the first that you can control with your smartphone. With a few tapes, you’ll be able to keep your feet warm at the temperature you want. Aside from that, it also keeps track of the distance you’ve walked and the calories you’ve burned in the process.

It’s available online for $149.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Ewok Heels: The Force is With These Furry Footwear

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There’s nothing cute or cuddly about Stormtroopers, but all the cuteness you’ll ever need can be found in Endor’s forests, where the Ewoks thrive. Those teddy-bear like creatures can melt the coldest of hearts–well, except for the likes of Darth Vader, that is–and now you can wear ‘em on your feet.

Not actual Ewoks, mind you, but Ewok-inspired heels that look oh-so-adorkable. They look comfy enough and are as furry as you would expect them to be. Not to worry though, as no actual Ewoks were harmed in the making of these shoes.

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BTTF 2 Light-Up Shoes Available For Purchase

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We’re just a few months away from 2015, the year Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future 2. Our hoverboards are nowhere to be seen, and our flying cars just don’t look right. But at least you can get your hands on the same light-up shoes our protagonist wore in the movie. Yes, we said light-up, but not lace-up; you’ll have to do that part yourself, although it looks like a simple velcro affair. The shoes are fully licensed and being sold by a Halloween costume company, with shipping expected in time for October 31st. Is McFly going to be a thing this Halloween? We doubt it, but that still shouldn’t stop you from spending the $100 asking price.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

A Different Kinda Dinosaur: Tricera Hi-Tops

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You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate the awesomeness of the Tricera Hi-Tops. Aside from the uber-clever name, it’s a fun take on the typical hi-tops that you see in stores these days. The shoe features the head of a triceratops in all it’s three-horned splendor. Remember Cera from the Land Before Time? Yeah, she was a triceratops.

The shoes feature a Velcro closure, so they’re perfect for lazy folks who just want to slip their feet into their sneakers and go about their day without having to ever tie their laces.

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Wear Your Favorite Instagram Pics on Your Adidas Kicks

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Taking shoe customization one step farther is Adidas with their soon-to-be-released app, which allows you customize a pair of Adidas ZX Flux training shoes using your favorite Instagram shot. From selfies and groufies to scenic shots and photos of your favorite things, the possibilities are endless.

You might want to reconsider that selfie though because you wouldn’t want to give anyone the chance to step all over you literally now, would you? (Sorry about that, couldn’t resist!)

The app will be released with iOS and Android compatibility this August.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Saucony Hamburger Sneakers Look Good Enough to Eat–Well, Almost

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These sneakers might not look out of the ordinary if you look at them from the front, but check it out from all sides and your stomach might just begin to rumble. Not that it actually looks like a burger that you could sink your teeth into, but it’s clear where its designers drew inspiration for its design.

The Shadow 5000 Burgers sneakers are a result of the collaboration between Saucony and End Clothing. I guess you can think of it as some sort of ode to burgers, which has grown in popularity over the years.

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