As part of the NIKE78 project, designer Nick Marsh took Nike’s challenge of hacking a pair of shoes to create something new, infusing them with parts taken from a Nintendo Wii. The result is a pair of interactive footwear that can control characters in a Wii game, based on the wearer’s movements.
As more advanced systems like the upcoming Microsoft Kinect platform reach the consumer market at affordable prices, we expect to see a number of innovative developments take shape which take advantage of natural, playful motions to create compelling experiences. We also anticipate ideas like the above, integrating systems for capturing and analyzing fitness behavior over time as well, perhaps by hacking Nike+ functionality into part of the game.
Watch a video demonstration below: