3D Printed Shoes React to Movement and Color

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SOLS Systems ADAPTIV boot

As part of New York fashion week, 3D printing start-up, SOLS Systems, has unveiling the prototype for a modular, 3D printed robo-boot. The boot, titled ADAPTIV, encompasses several functions…

The boot is proposed to have a nylon-esque (Elasto Plastic) shell 3D printed by Shapeways, nylon 3D printed insoles with air pockets and air bags, and a series of gyroscopes and pressure sensors. Ideally, ADAPTIV will invoke the gyroscopes and sensors to redirect air throughout the boot in response to a wearer’s motions and body weight.

This technology is a reactive process called Instant Adaptability. The orthopedics are customized to a wearer’s soles, while ADAPTIV involves a shoe customized to a person’s entire foot and ankle, as well as their movements and outfits.

That brings us to our next function- color shifting. Designed by Continuum Fashion, ADAPTIV will ideally use tiny cameras to register a wearer’s outfit and shift the shoes’ colors accordingly via RGB LED lights

Though still in the prototype stags with technology not quite nailed down entirely, the goal is that ADAPTIVE and Instant Adaptability will help athletes to perform better by shifting air pressure to the ideal location in the shoe, reducing lower extremity injuries and allowing for greater agility.

SOLS Systems ADAPTIV boot

Allison Pocewicz

Allison Pocewicz

Allison has had a lifelong interest in multiple facets of design. Growing up between a sewing machine and a sketch pad, she went on to fine-tune her skills through studies in fine arts and fashion design. Upon entering the design/build industry, she continuously researches trends in various markets, including retail, hospitality, exhibitory/events, interiors and architecture in order to provide valuable educational and inspirational resources to clients.

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