LG Electronics, a South Korean multinational electronics company, recently filed a patent which was spotted at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in which the company presented a smart shoe design for the smart wearable markets. The shoes will come equipped with accelerometer & gyro sensors, which will detect and collect motion related data, i.e. recording steps and other such pertinent information.
The shoes also come equipped with pressure sensors, and will help in reducing step noise, the company claims. With each step, the pressure sensor get switched in relation to motion halts between individual steps and thus are apt in providing an accurate readout in comparison to other pedometers available in the wearable market space.
As per the patent, the shoes’ bottom will have a pressure sensor pattern equally distributed all over the outer sole surface, along with a switch whose position is still to be determined.
LG claims that the new patent not just does the step counting, but it rather covers the complete totality of foot health, going beyond today’s smart wearables. There are myriads of gadgets that flush the wearable market space measuring parameters ranging from cadence, steps, heart rate, and distance traveled. Today’s wearables can measure the distance between a wearer’s steps, calorie burn, laps, and VO2 max estimates.
LG plans to surpass this wearable notion, the new smart shoe will not just be studying motion patterns and adding sensors for greater accuracy, but as per patent plans to delve into the foot autonomy. The filed pattern details a bone structure diagram of the foot, showing how the new smart shoe would measure the placement of the foot.
This coupled with an iteration of the company’s ThinQ AI and a smartphone based user-interface, could be the next game changer, telling users how they move and how they could improve it.