For our project Holly and I created a pair of shoes that are both Fashionable and interactive. Out of all clothing items we feel that shoes are the one that have the most potential the it comes to wearable technology. That being said the only shoes that integrate fashion and technology are extremely overpriced and largely unobtainable for the average person. We feel that its time that interactive fashion became something that is accessible and to prove it we made this pair of shoes that illustrates how possible it is for designs like this to be made in a cost efficient way. Although the amount of interaction between the wearer and the shoe is not very extensive art the moment, I feel that this is a good place to build from and I am now much more aware of the possibilities within the realm of wearable tech.
Due to issues with shipping our process was pushed back quite a few times but we still found time to get it all done. The first step was making our user interaction diagram. This was our plan for how the user would get output and what output they would receive (LEDs). Next I bought the shoes from a thrift store for only $4. The shoes were pretty beat up so I had to clean them and then paint them in order for them to appear new. My inspiration for the colors and shape was the “heavy-duty sneaker” look that many high end brands like Balenciaga and Gucci have been popularizing lately. After the painting and we uploaded our code to our Arduinos, we began wiring the LEDs and Arduinos to the shoes. It took a lot of time and even more troubleshooting but eventually we were able to get both shoes to operate smoothly. I then created a spot on the heel were the batteries would attach in order for them to not be in the way. Finally I used wires to mimic shoelaces as I felt It added to the futuristic vibe that we were striving for. Now that the physical component was done we put our focus onto creating the Video that we would play as part of our presentation. The idea was to create a video that demonstrated the importance of sneaker culture while also highlighting the progress that sneaker design has made since they first came onto the scene. I created the video using Premier Pro and our plan was to create a makeshift screen to project it onto, however we did not budget enough time to create the screen so instead I decided to play the video off of my laptop.
Overall I am very proud of where the project went and how it, and this class in general, pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to try things that I otherwise wouldn’t. And although it was pretty difficult at times I think I’ve created a good foundation on which I can build. I look forward to adding onto this project and also exploring other aspects of wearable tech and code in general.
Our Final Product