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This Sneaker Can Change Styles Quicker Than Styles Can Change Themselves With Its E-Ink Display

4 December 2015, 6:17 pm EST By Christian de Looper Tech Times
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While styles change pretty quickly, a new sneaker hopes to stay on top of those changes. Developed by ShiftWear, the sneaker essentially uses e-ink to allow users to change the designs on the shoe.  ( ShiftWear )

While there are plenty of classic sneaker designs, and general models, sneakers often go through style changes, meaning that you could buy your new shoes and have them go out of style pretty fast.

One company, however, hopes to change that, and has developed a high-tech sneaker that uses HD displays to showcase the user's customer designs and videos. Basically, your shoe can change style quicker than styles can change themselves, a seemingly popular idea considering that the Indiegogo campaign has raised more than $140,000, over $100,000 more than a week ago.

The shoes, designed by a company called ShiftWear, are connected to an app on the user's smartphone, which is where the user can choose exactly how the shoes look. The user can decide on a static design, or even have animations shown on the sides of the shoe where the e-ink displays.

After the design has been chosen, it will show up instantly on the flexible screens in the shoes, meaning that users can even change style between events if they want to. The app takes things a step further by allowing users to buy or sell their designs on a marketplace, or share the designs in the ShiftWear community.

Users can purchase from a range of different ShiftWear base designs, including five different colors and the option for high-tops or low-tops. According to the company, the batteries last up to 30 days on a charge, although the sneakers can also, according to the company, turn kinetic energy into power, meaning that the more the user walks, the less they'll have to charge their shoes. Having said that, kinetic charges typically don't produce much power, so whether it be 30 days or 33 days, you'll eventually have to charge your sneakers. It's also important to note that if the sneaker is only displaying a static image, it won't consume any power since the display is e-ink.

Apart from the different designs, the sneakers are also machine washable and waterproof, and the soles are even coated with Kevlar.

Those interested in the shoes can check them out on Indiegogo. While the campaign has raised $141,713, with 18 days remaining, even if it didn't the money donated would have gone to the company since it was a flexible funding campaign. A pair of the shoes will cost $150 or more and they're expected to be available in the fall of 2016.

Via: Mashable

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