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.