Do you dare invest in a talking shoe?
Technology is continuing to change the way people use the computers, communicate with each other and get their work done. Now, it seems sneakerheads will no longer have glares cast in their direction for talking to their beloved kicks - adidas has teamed up with Google to create the first talking shoe.
According to Hypebeast magazine Google's Art, Copy & Code group has developed the "smart" adidas sneaker with the help of the design studio YesYesNo and artist Zach Lieberman. The sneakers, which share "snarky" comments and thoughts depending on the situation the wearer is in, first debuted at this year's SXSW music festival.
New York Daily News reports, despite the hype surrounding the sneakers, Google is quick to point out the kicks are still in the "concept" phase and were more meant to highlight how people use the internet use has changed over the years. They do, however, feature many components found in the inner workings of smartphones these days, including a pressure sensor, an accelerometer and a gyroscope, as well as more entertainment-based add-ons like a large speaker and the capability to speak more than 250 different phrases, including, "If standing still were a sport, you'd be world champion!"
No news has been announced about whether the sneakers will ever be released.
Do you like the idea of talking kicks? Would you buy them?