At this point, Google's reputation for being a company focused on experimentation is firmly established, but it still manages to offer surprises when it comes to innovative approaches to tech. The latest experiment is called the Talking Shoe, a creation that is part of the company's recently launched Art, Copy, Code tech-powered advertising project.
The shoe is an Adidas basketball sneaker equipped with an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and Bluetooth connectivity. This array of embedded components allows the shoe to communicate the movements and position of the wearer wirelessly to the Internet. That data is then sent to an app that parses the information and responds to the wearer with humorous comments — seemingly from the shoe itself on what the wearer is doing, or not doing. In some cases, if the wearer is at rest for too long, the shoe prompts the wearer to get moving, much like a virtual coach. Alternately, if the wearer goes through a rigorous workout, the shoe heaps praise on the wearer.
Google calls the construct "a smart sneaker with personality that can broadcast its story to the web," but it also seems like the first steps toward intelligent agent-assisted clothing, something that could soon give us all an Internet-connected Tony Stark-style Jarvis assistant, without the multi-million dollar armor.
You can see the Talking Shoe in action in the video below.