Seriously, Google? A talking smart shoe? [VIDEO]

Welp, folks, it looks like Google just might have lost its mind. The company is showing off a smart shoe at SXSW this week. The pair of sneakers is equipped with an accelerometer, a gyroscope sensor and a Bluetooth radio, and those components are used to gather data and spit back funny and witty comments to whomever is wearing them. It might exclaim “whoa, slow down” if you’re going for a run, to give you can idea. It would even post said thoughts to your Google+ account, supposedly.

That said, Google obviously wants everyone to know that it absolutely is not going to get into the shoe game — no Nexus shoes here, folks. This particular development was made possible by artist Zach Lieberman and YesYesNo for showcasing on ArtCopyCode.

It seems these companies are making anything and everything they can get their hands on “smart” these days, and while I truly believe such a day is coming, I’m kind of relieved it’s not happening today. That said, Google Glass has already taken us toward that first step, and more outrageous marriages of technology and clothing probably aren’t too far behind. Get a quick glimpse of the fun video above.

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  • camelsnot

    why the hate? Just R&D fun. A lot of companies do the same thing. It’s Monday bro… get a coffee and read some cool stuff.. the weekend wasn’t that bad!

    • Quentyn Kennemer

      Please don’t mistake my “annoyed” tone for being in a bad mood. It was just a playful way to present the story.

  • schitzengigles10

    I didn’t realize it was April fool’s day already. Good one Google….good one.

    • guitarist5122

      that’s what I was thinking. I’m like “Is it April 1st already?”

      • RitishOemraw

        Me too when I first heard about it.

    • Fahim Yaqoob

      Google is a company with lots of free time. This is only for fun… i hope so

  • TBN27

    they can keep it.

  • guitarist5122

    could be good to have for runners?

  • bmg314

    Worst way to start your morning run: “Oh my god! Wash your damn feet! Agghh, I can’t freakin’ breathe, take me off! Take me off!”

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  • Unorthodox

    Way better than formal voice of self-drying jacket from B2TF2.

  • Jamille Browne

    I want those shoes…

  • ari_free

    If it doesn’t have an SD card slot then I am simply not interested. Sorry, Google.

  • Wesley

    If this leads us to smart clothing like the outfit in the show “Continuum,” then bring on the future! :p

    • No_Nickname90

      Blaz Blue: Continnum Shift.
      That is all.

  • Alexander Ramirez

    Too bad it didn’t say: “BOOM SHAKA LAKA”

  • DiscipleTube1

    Where is my pip-boy 3000!?

  • Mitchel White

    wait for apple to patent it

  • Jonathan DeJesus

    Nike already has a wristband that connects with your Android phone(@ $149.99), so to me this is pretty damn cool. Imagine some talking Jordan’s or cross trainers that can keep track of your run or hike. Too bad it is not yet a reality, the concept however, seems damn cool. It may be a way to help America with its damn obesity problem too. I can imagine if the shoes had pressure sensors to guess peoples weight, it’ll be funny to hear what the shoes say.

  • socalrailroader

    I want self lacing shoes and self drying/self fitting jackets! Marty McFly had them!