BioSuit, smart wires, Lunagram. Words you’re not familiar with but could be some day in the near future if Nike ever wanted to put this footwear concept into production.
Our man Brett Golliff has created a wonderfully detailed, performance driven product that not only takes inspiration from space suits and looks cool, but wraps up a pretty innovative thought about the recent mindset shift from heel to forefoot strike running and how to visually accelerate the process using existing technologies for the athlete:
As I began breaking down ideas on how to teach a runner to forefoot strike with a shoe, I referenced back to that patent. The patent calls out “a sensor authenticated to a garment transfers information, either wirelessly or wired, to an external data processing device.” I instantly thought of a garment that transitions multiple colors. What if you could use color to train a runner? The current Nike+ system is fantastic at tracking body diagnostics but to read the bulk of the information you have to stop your activity to take it all in. I wanted the information to be live, if you heel strike; I want you to instantly know it. So I began looking at other smart fabrics, in particular fabrics that light up and I found a company by the name of Lunagram that creates an LED based fabric that transmits colored light throughout the material.
My idea is to take the Lunagram fabric and weave it with smart wires that track your every movement and interact with the Nike+ sensors that are already reading your heel, midfoot and forefoot pressure and provide the runner with color changing material that tells them where they are striking. If they are transitioning from heel to midfoot, or heel to forefoot, they will know with every stride if they are achieving their goal or not. All with color!