Kong Se-jin, head of Prospects R&D Center says all Prospects shoes to have IoT attached to gather data to improve the shoes such as number of steps, angles and other detailed information
Director Kong Se-jin of the R&D Center of Prospects. (Photos: Prospects)
A model walks wearing Smart Walking Shoes made by Prospects.
“In this day and age, the shoes come with IoT, as it has become the norm to attach IoT with the wearables, and the Prospects R&D Center has been engaged in research on producing all kinds of shoes with new technologies,” said Kong Se-jin, head of the R&D Center for the famous shoe maker in Korea located in Yongsan, Seoul.
This reporter toured the huge R&D facility, wearing a pair of shoes made by Prospects, which measure steps taken with the sensor. The shoes are named “Smart Walking Shoes.” A small sensor attached to the shoe can measure the number of steps taken with its smart phone app, “W Balance” including the size of each step and angles and other detailed information.
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What Is the Internet Of Things and how will it affect our future?
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