COUCH potatoes could soon receive the motivation needed to go for that long overdue run courtesy of Google’s new talking trainers.
The search engine giant unveiled the cutting edge trainer technology at last week’s South by Southwest arts festival. Fitted with the latest Bluetooth technology, the clever footwear communicates via a speaker wired through its tongue that is linked to a wearer’s headphones.
Measuring movement and direction, the internet connected shoes may even say ‘this is boring’ when a person is sitting stationary for too long. ‘The talking shoe is an experiment in how you can use connected objects to tell stories on the web today,’ explained advertising executive Aman Govi.
The trainers won’t be going on sale anytime soon however, having been created to help promote the developing trend of wearable technology ahead the firm’s Google Glass launch.
‘We’re not getting into the shoe business,’ Mr Govi added. ‘We are in the social network and advertising business.’
While the trainers are only a prototype, it appears the footwear industry has come a long way since light-up trainers made their debut in the early 90s