These Shoes Function As Fitness Trackers With Invisible Tech
Wearers can ditch the wristband with affordable connected running sneakers from Chinese tech companies Xiaomi and Amazfit
Chinese tech company Xiaomi collaborated with wearable technology brand Amazfit to create a line of sneakers with a built-in digital chip that tracks the wearer’s activity. Users can incorporate the data into their fitness routines without needing to wear a wristband or carry a device.
This sneaker is called the Antelope and comes in four colors for men and three for women. The chip can document everyday movements like steps and calories burnt and more advanced aspects of the run, including foot strike and touchdown times. The shoe is built with a breathable sole and elastic responsive cushioning that acts as a shock absorber.
As of now the Antelope is only for sale in China through the crowdfunding platform Youpin for 199 Yuan ($32). So far, the companies have not announced plans to release the shoe outside the Chinese market. Although smart footwear has yet to become as popular as other wearable devices, the invisibility and affordability of this tech could make it even more appealing to consumers.
Lead Image: Xiaomi via Wareable