The CES 2020 is about to open, and the Wahu team from Italy can’t wait to introduce its latest “wearable technology” – the electric dynamic adaptive sole. As a “foot-born” wearable technology, it features the ability to implant a flexible set of thick shock absorbers on the soles to increase friction and comfort when off-road.
Normal state (pictured: Wahu, via New Atlas)
When walking on smooth roads, the user can maintain more rubber contact area in normal mode (where the telescopic footrest is placed inside the insole) for greater friction.
When needed, the user can activate a set of electric-driven miniature pneumatic compressors that will be pressurized to approximately 2.5 bar (36 psi) with a “heel” interconnecting chamber to eject it. The pressure can then be released to restore it to its original condition.
Ideally, Wahu can even prevent accidental falls.
Built-in battery supports 24 hours of uptime and connects to the app on the smartphone side, making it easy for users to choose which mode the heel runs. Or select the appropriate variables and have the built-in sensor automatically monitor the walking pattern and adjust accordingly.
In a fully ejected state, the heel will top 8 mm (1/3 inch).
In the end, the company doesn’t expect consumers to pay for the new technology, but rather to attract major shoe brands, such as Nike, to bring it to market.