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.
Who says you have to limit your hiking trip to the closest national park?
Summer has a way of inspiring us to get a little more active than usual — often because we can take more of our activities outside.
Summer is meant to be fun, not painful or itchy, and certainly not deadly.
Enjoy summer more than ever by eating smart as the temperature rises.