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    Smart Shoes Could Help Runners Hit Their Stride

    By By Jesse Emspak, Contributing writer
    December 14, 2013, 3:53:55 AM EST

    Running shoes may soon be smart enough to tell their wearers how to improve their technique, which could prevent injuries.

    A combination of sensor technology, wireless communications and smartphone apps is transforming the humble running shoe into a sophisticated monitoring device. By closely monitoring how and where the runner's foot hits the ground, and how often, innovators are finding ways to identify problems with a runner's gait.

    One such running shoe effort is the RUNSAFER project, which is ongoing at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, in partnership with other universities and a shoe manufacturer. The researchers are building a running shoe that has sensors to transmit data to a smartphone, and then to a computer.


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