Joggers can now receive warnings when they are exhausted or overloaded thanks to a new hi-tech athletic shoe that can prevent injuries like pulled ligaments or torn muscles.
Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS, Germany worked with five other partners to develop a prototype of the shoe that has sensors and microelectronics implanted in its sole. The sensor can evaluate the runner's form by recording and analyzing the biomechanical data and informs the runner about any incorrect foot position or exhaustion and overload.
"Pulse-rate watches and chest straps record only vital signs like breathing and heart rate. In contrast, our running shoe medically evaluates and monitors training while jogging. It informs the runner for example of incorrect foot position, asymmetric loading, or warns of exhaustion or overload. There has never been a comparable device before", IPMS scientist Dr Andreas Heinig said.