We have seen T-Shirts that sniff out Wi-Fi signals and show them on the chest. Although this might be too much geek for some it does have appeal to others (I may count myself to the ‘others’ category).
There is the other option of a more discrete Wi-Fi sniffing integrated in bags as alternative to taking out the computer only to check if a useful and strong enough signal is available.
And now we have the Wi-Fi sniffing sneaker like this upgraded Nike Dunk which is pushing the fashion boundaries very far. Never mind the style of the Nike’s, this concept sneaker has been done in 2006 so they are out of fashion by now.
The remaining question still is: does such a concept appeal to some? To anyone? Or is this creative work just demonstrating what could be done?
If a shoe would record my daily walking jogging or running profile and upload via Wi-Fi to my online tracking system, I could see the point.
If a Wi-Fi sneaker could interact with a computer game a la Wii, I do see the point for having one.
To be fair, I like the integration of the Wi-Fi indication in the sneaker. Neatly done without changing the shoes wearability nor disturbing its appearances.
The designer Stefan Dukaczewik calls his concept sneaker ASRD – ‘A Step in the Right Direction’. The ASRD sneaker is equipped with an integrated 802.11 detection unit embedded under the flap of the left shoe.
Once the pressure sensitive insole is activated, the unit scans the surrounding area for Wi-Fi signals and displays the result through LEDs.
The three LEDs on the flap enclosure represent the signal strength of any Wi-Fi signal within a 50 meter area. A blinking LED represents no signal, while a lighting LED shows that there is a signal present.
If one day those Wi-Fi sneakers become available make sure you keep them clean and avoid muddy streets or you won’t see the signal indication 😉