Biotech sneakers created with MIT Design Lab use reactive microorganisms to personalize performance for the wearer

Athletic brand Puma is developing a new shoe that will be able to adapt to the wearer using biotech. This new shoe is the product of the brand's collaboration with MIT Design Lab and aims to bring the wearer a better performance wear experience. The shoes are paired with smart devices to read the collected analytics, but the secret to creating these learning, breathing shoes is bacteria.

The Deep Learning Insoles operate in three layers. The first layer changes based on the compounds in the wearer's sweat that are detected by bacteria, and the second layer catalogs those changes,  which are then sent to paired devices (like a mobile phone) via the third layer. The Breathing Shoe houses microorganisms in the material that grow pathways for ventilation when the wearer needs them.

With the use of these biological elements, Puma is creating a template that will mold itself into a one of a kind shoe for each wearer. While these products are experiments with no set distribution date, the development of this shoe and the partnership between Puma and MIT Design Lab has the potential to influence future activewear.

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Athletic brand Puma is developing a new shoe that will be able to adapt to the wearer using biotech. This new shoe is the product of the brand's collaboration with MIT Design Lab and aims to bring the wearer a better performance wear experience. The shoes are paired with smart devices to read the collected analytics, but the secret to creating these learning, breathing shoes is bacteria.

The Deep Learning Insoles operate in three layers. The first layer changes based on the compounds in the wearer's sweat that are detected by bacteria, and the second layer catalogs those changes,  which are then sent to paired devices (like a mobile phone) via the third layer. The Breathing Shoe houses microorganisms in the material that grow pathways for ventilation when the wearer needs them.