menu

Digital Odometer Monitors Running Shoe Lifespan

Digital Odometer Monitors Running Shoe Lifespan
Design

Keep track of accumulated miles and record emergency information on your laces with this tiny clip on device.

Libby Garrett
  • 23 january 2013

Training in worn-out shoes is one of the most common causes of running-related injuries. Cushioning and stability lessens as miles accumulate on a pair of shoes, increasing the stress and impact per step that can lead to joint pain, muscle fatigue, shin splints and more.

Offering runners a digital log of a shoe’s wear and tear, the MilestonePod registers how far a shoe has traveled, and displays in real-time on a digital screen that clips to the wearer’s laces.

Digital Odometer Monitors Running Shoe Lifespan 2

To take the odometer-like reading, MilestonePod sensors measure foot positioning around 100 times a second, interpreted by an algorithm that estimates running and walking movements.

The lifespan of the average running shoe is estimated to be in the 300 to 600 mile range.  Smaller runners, runners who are light on their feet, and trail runners tend to wear out shoes on the high end of the range, whereas larger runners, runners with a heavy step, and pavement runners wear out shoes in less miles.

Lacking a shoe odometer, runners are advised to keep a training log that tracks shoe mileage, early signs of discomfort and midsole breakdown.  When mileage limits are approached, industry advice is to rotate in a new pair of shoes, phasing out the old pair as the new one is broken in.

A running log keeps track of shoe mileage, but how many people actually do this?

A running log keeps track of shoe mileage, but how many people actually do this?

With MilestonePod, runners can skip tedious log practices and, instead, automatically note shoe mileage every time they lace up.  When it’s time for a new pair, the device wipes clean when plugged into a USB port.

Wiped clean, the MilestonePod is ready to be clipped to a new pair of running shoes.

Wiped clean, the MilestonePod is ready to be clipped to a new pair of running shoes.

Where shoe lifespan is a function of shoe design and the quantity and quality of miles accumulated, a small, low cost mileage monitor provides helpful information that can prevent injury and discomfort. Design solutions that additionally indicate the physical condition of running shoes would further optimize training and reduce injury risk.  Toothbrush bristles and color strips on razors, for example, are two instances where fading color is used to let people know it’s time to replace old items for new ones.

How might color or materials be used to indicate it's time for a new pair of shoes, similar to toothbrush and razor design?

How might color or materials be used to indicate it’s time for a new pair of shoes, similar to toothbrush and razor design?

Expected to retail near the $15 mark, the MilestonePod is currently seeking funding on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.  The device weighs 6 grams and doubles as an emergency medical tag.

Digital Odometer Monitors Running Shoe Lifespan 6

MilestonePod

Design
Trending

PSFK's Workplace Vision: Leave The Busywork To The Bots

Ai
Syndicated Today

In Popular Games, The Recurring Theme Is Exploration

The much-hyped sci-fi sandbox game proved to be as massive as expected, while Pokémon Go continued to prove inescapable

Design Today

The Best In Wearable Tech From The Rio Olympics

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best gadgets and devices used to track performance

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Advertising Today

This Cookbook Is Inspired By Brad Pitt’s On-Screen Eating Habits

Learn how to whip up meals and snacks pulled straight from the actor's fictional universe

USA Today

Tour The US National Parks From The Comfort Of Your Home

Google's new 360-degree video feature lets people take a trip to Alaska, Utah or Hawaii and see these marvels of nature up close

PURPLELIST EXPERTS

Paula Scher

Graphic Design, Branding, Print Design, Design

Augmented & Virtual Reality Today

VR Training For Active Shooter Preparedness

SurviVR is an immersive environment to teach civilians how to protect themselves in dangerous situations

Cities Today

Redesigned London Tube Map Aims To Get People Walking

The updated display illustrates approximately how many steps it takes to walk between stations for a healthier commute

Experiential Marketing Today

Nike Creates An Immersive Pop-Up Fitness Experience In London

The Unlimited You space gave athletes a chance to push their limits farther than ever before

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 23, 2016

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

PSFK Labs Today

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Automotive Today

Uber Now Lets Commuters Pay With Pretax Dollars

The prepaid cards are a partnership with WageWorks, letting uberPool users save up to 40% on their trip

Home Today

Philips Hue Adds Motion Sensor To Control Lights Automatically

The wireless device lets users interact with their environment without needing to press a switch

Home Today

Beacon Device Takes The Pain Out Of Navigating A New Airbnb

Ping provides new guests with a guided tour of the house or apartment through a simple tap of their phone

Arts & Culture Today

Shelf Makes Its Contents Appear To Hover In Midair

The design uses metal tubes to create an optical illusion when viewed from the front

Arts & Culture Today

Interactive Ceiling Responds To People Walking Underneath

The installation features built-in sensors that cause the undulating surface to morph and react to passersby

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Fashion Today

Declutter And Recycle All Of Your Unwanted Stuff

A new app will help catalogue your possessions and give them away as donations when you no longer want them

Advertising Today

Tokyo Concept Store Disguised As A Parking Garage

The retail and cafe project is designed as a hidden treasure for urban explorers

No search results found.