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Vixole Matrix: World’s first e-sneakers with flexible LED screens

The shoe comes in three variants: basic (with a monochrome lED screen), Plus (with 8 sensors for activity tracking) and OLED (built-in HD OLED display).

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Updated: Nov 24, 2016, 04.40 PM IST
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The shoes are water-resistant, have built-in wireless charging, a vibration motor (for alerts) and NFC (for quick pairing).
The shoes are water-resistant, have built-in wireless charging, a vibration motor (for alerts) and NFC (for quick pairing).
Dashbot

Priced at just US$ 49, this hands-free accessory adds artificial intelligence to your car. It connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth and enables you to control your music, get navigation instructions and informs you about notification using voice. You can ask questions about weather, play music, get it to create/send messages as well as speak your navigation routes aloud. The device has dual microphones, a 32 bit DSP (sound processor) and adaptive background noise suppression — this enables it to recognize any spoken command instantly. Instead of an LCD, Dashbot has 5 rows of low-glare red LEDs as a visual aid. It connects to your USB port or 12V cigarette port for power and to your car stereo via Bluetooth or aux-in. hardware includes a 1Ghz processor, 512MB storage, 256MB RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The project has already crossed its funding goal on Kickstarter and you can book one for US$ 49 with estimated delivery in July 2017.

FlowMotion One

The maker of this little gadget calls it the ‘world’s most versatile smartphone stabilizer to help capture smooth, cinematic videos’. It weighs 300 grams, has a detachable grip and can be folded to fit into a pocket. It supports various camera mounts and GoPro mounts — the company also offers their own carbon extension pole to use it with a smartphone or a GoPro. The stabiliser offers pan and tilt adjustment for smooth video recording and you can control this from the grip. It has a built-in battery (for 2 hours of use on a charge), tripod mount and comes with a travel case. With the Flow-Motion companion app, you can have the stabiliser go into auto follow mode, record time-lapse or shoot panoramas. The project is currently live on Kickstarter. You can pledge US$ 179 to get one of them with expected delivery in April 2017.

Vixole Matrix

Do you tend to get bored of how your shoes look? Is buying new pairs of shoes draining your bank balance? Vixole aims to be the solution for such consumers with the Matrix shoes. These are the world’s first e-sneakers with flexible LED screens — the screen is integrated on the shoe surface and goes around the back of the shoe from both sides. It comes in three variants: basic (with a monochrome lED screen), Plus (with 8 sensors for activity tracking) and OLED (built-in HD OLED display). They’re water-resistant, have built-in wireless charging, a vibration motor (for alerts) and NFC (for quick pairing). Using the app, users can customize the look of their shoes as per their mood. The shoes can deliver notifications by vibrating — they can even help you navigate by vibrating the left or right shoe depending on which side you need to turn. Prices start US$ 150 onwards for Vixole and you can book one on Indiegogo with expected delivery in June 2017.

Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric Trainers

Just a few months ago, Adidas showed off shoes made of ocean plastic. Now, the brand has launched another range of shoes, part of what they call the Futurecraft Series. These shoes are made of a 100% biodegradable material called Biosteel fibers. Biosteel fiber is 15% lighter than any other synthetic fiber and Adidas says that it’s the strongest, fully natural material available. Once you are done with the shoes, you need to place the shoes in water that contains a specific enzyme (proteinase) in high concentration — the shoes will then take 36 hours to completely dissolve in water and can be flushed down the drain. They’re currently in concept stage though — no expected price or availability, but it’s exciting to see the level of innovation that the top companies are doing.
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