3D Printed Shoes

Last episode as I head to London for a couple weeks. Luke was featured in DFW Newsflash November 2015 issue for his Luke Skywalker outfit.

WearableToday.com has moved to a new server. I am still working out all the bugs and hopefully the 500 errors will be going away.

So, Phil Grubenhoff, apparently we made the cover of a magazine. Okay, so it’s an airport magazine they have at DFW, but…

Posted by Luke Wallace on Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wearable Today Episode #90 Show Notes

  • A couple people noted what we talked about on last week’s show Android Wear Supporting Cellular Service. While we talked a lot about watches, the cellular option is available for any device that supports Android Wear. That could mean your camera, clock, future Google Glass, clothing and more could also allow for this new option.
  • Rumor has it that Google is working on a couple new versions of Google Glass, one of which doesn’t have a display. The primary interface would be auditory, where you speak to it, and it responds back to you through an earpiece. This would be similar to the Motorola Hint that launched last year. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
  • Last week we talked about the LG Urbane LTE Debuting. The Verge reports LG has halted sales citing a “Hardware issue”. There is no information on what the glitch was and no set date for the relaunch of the Urbane 2.
  • The Movado Bold Motion is another smartwatch without a screen. We’ve mentioned these kinds of devices several times in the past few months, but this one is a little different in that it has a standard analog watch on top. It uses LEDs and vibrations to signal the user, and retails for $695. As far as fitness tracking, it can track steps, but no blood oxygen level or heart rate monitoring will be found here. The device works with both iOS and Android devices.
  • Will the Apple Watch be a hot commodity for this Black Friday? Analysts think so. With poor sales since it’s release, many expect a surge for the holiday season. Apple hasn’t mentioned if they will be participating in the sale weekend yet. Best Buy already announced $100 discount. If they do, will the watch have enough of a deep discount to make the wait worth it?
  • Hey! It’s a 3D printed puppy wheelchair!
  • The Figment VR is an iPhone case that gives you a portable VR viewer. They have met their $75,000 goal but you can still get in on the action!
  • Cardiologists is Poland used Google Glass to help with a coronary procedure. Instead of using screens around the operating room, they displayed 3D models on Google Glass, using a custom app development by the University of Warsaw. As an early trial, we wouldn’t expect to see this as a commonplace occurance just yet, but with successes such as these, it probably won’t be long before it’s standard issue for doctors.
  • 3D Printing a Shoe still has a lot of growth. But think about it: a shoe that fits to your feet and can be designed completely by you. It would need more than just a 3D printer. Products like the Glowforge allows for 3D etching of items such as leather, taking off only the thinnest of layers. Conforming a sole to your foot, the printer can make the rest of the shoe.
    And if you don’t want to own a 3D printer and etcher, companies such as New Balance, Adidas and Nike are working to bring you the shoe of your dreams. Planning to be available in April, the limited edition shoe will have a printed mid-sole. Far from a fully printed shoe, but not too far off.
    Another great advantage of this technology is making your own smart shoe. You will be able to figure out placement for sensors that work with your feet. Whether you or someone else builds it, you can get a custom fit and more accurate response from your health tracking apps.

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