Finally, a pair of talking shoes that get on your case if you don’t move around enough. Wait, finally? Be careful what you wish for.
Although you won’t be able to purchase these — they’re a proof of concept for Google’s Art, Copy & Code project — the technology is perfectly feasible.
Using an accelerometer, a gyroscope, Bluetooth and some other off the shelf technologies, the Talking Shoe translates the wearer’s movements into funny, motivating and timely commentary. The things it says can be posted to Google+ by the user, sent to real-time ad units, if the user chooses to, and broadcast via onboard speakers. It can talk to the world and to the web.
See the above video for the sneaker sass in action. Engadget got a nice dose of the shoes in person, too.
The Talking Shoe [ArtCopyCode.com]