Runners, you may soon be able to kiss blisters, chafing, and other uncomfortable injuries goodbye!
European researchers are developing a running shoe that's designed to help improve training and prevent injury. Using a microelectronic measuring system, the Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) is working on a shoe that will be able to gather and transmit information about how you run, which will then be transmitted along with any info from heart rate monitors or GPS to your smartphone, where a specific app can keep you updated about your progress and performance.
While similar programs exist, the main difference between them and this new shoe is that this shoe will be the first device on the market to use biomechanical variables to characterize running technique and make real-time recommendations to prevent injury and improve performance.
Scientists came up with the idea when they noticed that out of the 80 million runners in Europe, at least 37 million reported suffering from a running-related injury last year. This new shoe aims to allow each runner to download all the information it gathers onto a personalized "web portal," which can then generate a customized workout or training plan. It will also allow you to keep in contact with other runners around the world.
They won't be on the market for a while, but we can't wait to hear more about them!