What if your shoe could tell you how to improve your golf swing? Or, if you are diabetic, that you were about to hit a fatigue threshold and painfully slam your foot into the ground? That's the promise of Plantiga, a company that has developed smart footwear that tracks and quantifies weight distribution and other biomechanical parameters and sends that data to your smartphone.
"We have essentially built a force plate inside the shoe," Plantiga CEO Quin Sandler told PlasticsToday. "It captures steps, posture, balance, alignment, gait, and other parameters to give us insight into the body. To date, this data has only been possible using expensive labs," he adds. Come summer 2015, if not sooner, you will be able to generate and access this data for a couple hundred dollars.