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.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. 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!

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

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

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

      1. Me too when I first heard about it.

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

  3. they can keep it.

  4. could be good to have for runners?

  5. 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!”

    1. LMAO

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

  7. I want those shoes…

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

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

    1. Blaz Blue: Continnum Shift.
      That is all.

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

  11. Where is my pip-boy 3000!?

  12. wait for apple to patent it

  13. 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.

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

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