More shoe wearables set to be released

Just when you thought monitoring your fitness couldn’t get any more precise, the IOFIT has been released, smart-shoes that use pressure sensors in the shoes to communicate directly with an app in your smart phone.

With a plethora of smaller and smaller fitness-focused wearables flooding the market, the IOFIT, created by Samsung-supported tech start up company Salted Venture, will make its debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

The shoes will be aimed at improving general fitness routines as well as more technical sports motions like golf swings by monitoring aspects like centre of gravity and weight distribution. Feedback will be given to the user by the app with the shoes transmitting sensor’s readings to be analyzed.

Salted Venture COO Sehee Lee believes that the technology won’t not only help individual users but become an important tool in the fitness industry.

“We want to be a platform and a coaching tool for people to use. It’s an add-on to the interactive experience between people. You can’t outweigh the benefits that come from a real human-to-human interactive experience.

While ‘smart shoes’ would certainly be helpful to fitness enthusiasts, it might be a hard road ahead for the IOFIT with other established trainer companies potentially introducing similar technology. However, they seemingly haven’t ruled out embedding the wearable technology in other brands’ trainers.

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