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The More Mobile Shoe

Posted by Piper.vpm on May 31, 2013 4:59:33 AM

It’s well into 2013. Twenty years ago, people thought we’d be living the Jetson lifestyle by now with flying cars, robot friends, and houses in the sky. That didn’t exactly happen, but information technology advanced in a direction we never imagined. No one expected ‘friend’ would become a verb or texting would become our generation’s main form of communication. With developments like these, who knows what the future holds.

Recently, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has been hinting at upcoming wearable devices. Maybe it’s a necklace that records, stores, and files every conversation we have, or possibly contact lenses that give us superhero vision. At this point, anything seems possible.

What I’d like to see is a talking shoe, and as it turns out, Google seems to already have this idea in the works. I guess nothing is truly original after all. Google’s commercial presents the shoe as a workout motivator. It’d be like your own personal trainer, how convenient!

Just imagine, you’re sitting on the couch trying to find some scrap of motivation to hit the gym or go for a nice jog when your shoe pipes up, “Are you a couch potato now? Let’s do this already!” I don’t know about you, but if my shoe called me a couch potato I’d be both amused and embarrassed that my shoe, of all things, was judging me, and I’d definitely be determined to prove it wrong. Once you’re running, you could simply tell your shoe what music you want to hear, how far you plan to go, and ask for updates on your progress. Your shoe could make comments throughout the run, such as, “I love feeling the wind in my laces,” or, “Call the fire department, because you’re on fire!” I’d run forever if my shoe fed me these corny but entertaining lines.

Although it’s awesome, unlike Google’s version, I’d like the shoe to do more than applaud exercise habits. Your shoe could announce your presence when walking into a room with theme music according to your mood. Think about how convenient that would be, others would never have to guess about your mood again! People would know when to steer clear of you, when you’re willing to chat their ear off, or when to cheer you up. Not to mention it’d be just plain awesome.

Your shoe could even help with everyday tasks. Walking with your hands full but need to look something up, text someone, and check your email all at the same time? With your talking shoe, that’s not a problem. Simply instruct your shoe on who you need to text, what you’d like it to say, and what you need to find on the web. It will report its findings within seconds, send the text, and even notify you of important emails all at once. While you’re doing all of this, you could even have your theme music blaring! What a smart shoe.

Worried about people thinking you’re crazy for talking to seemingly nothing? Your shoe’s hearing will be impeccable, plus who knows what kind of new technology will be out there. Maybe we will all have personal force fields that block all outside sounds whenever we choose. It’s anybody’s guess what the future holds.

Alright, so we’re not going to end up like the Jetsons, but with the rapid advancement of technology, our own version of futuristic life will be just as exciting. It seems inevitable that wearable devices will replace cell phones in the future, I just hope the speaking shoe is one of them.


Author: Piper Donnelly is our Summer Editor, Word-Smith and Communications Connoisseur here at Verge Pipe Media. Verge Pipe Media assists public institutions, enterprises and the non-profit sector with Imaginative Inbound Marketing strategies + campaigns. We also have a development team chock full of Marvelous Mobile Migrators, poised to help transition our clients into a mobile + social world with custom software, iOS and Android mobile apps.

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