OK - I've got to start working out. My body has started giving me the obvious signs that it needs exercise. And for those of us that has this natural craving for gadgets and tech-stuff, there is a huge relief in knowing that these days you can actually put a couple of computers on your legs when you are off running.
Yes, Adidas finally got it - some of us have an abnormal interest in technology. I.e: Why the heck is it just the autofiles that should enjoy the comfort and practical use of adaptive dampers?
Now I don't know if they had autofile joggers in mind. But just in case you as a gadget-lover (the news of this has been out there for a while) is not aware of it - it is now possible to get your hands on intelligent joggingshoes with the capacity to do like five millions calculations per second. Whoo-ya, they really got a brain themselves!
Just the thought of this makes me want to start running!
Breaking it down though, why the hell does a joggingshoe need all of these calculations. What does it do. The reasons are obvious. These shoes has censors that gathers data on: weight, speed and surface. If that wasn't enough, it collects all that data up to 1500 times per second.
If you are easily stunned then stop reading, because the fun isn't over yet. These shoes comes with a built in cable that along with a cylinder and an engine is able to make the shoe harder or softer. It all happends on the fly as the censors gathers the information as you run, and the processors provide the force to analyze it all. So if your were to be so lucky to make a run that slices off 1lb (or 0,5 kilos) off your weight, then the shoe should be able to change its dampers into another setting that it had when you started running. The same will happen if you are at all fit enough to increase (or in my example decrease) your speed on your journey, or if you are suddenly finding yourself racing down a curvy path of gravel.
Now I'm currently living in a place where it rains a lot, so I'm figuring Adidas as of right now should fit one model with raincensors as well. People living in cold, snowy places need to move to keep warm, therefore - Adidas, if you can hear me, there should be a market for ABS (warmer places might need their own "ABS", anti-banana-slide).
The shoes with brains are obviously 1st generation. So, by the 2nd or 3rd generation its clear to me that I'm going to aim for the Olympics. I've allready got the recipe for sucsess. I'm going to round me up the hottest hackers in town and hack my way into the shoes of my competitors and slam their breaks on. Saving the best part for the final stretch would be to activate the work of my second team of pro's - the best chip&tune-guys in town, as I hit the button an unleash the nitroboost.
The downside and the only bummer. A shoe with a computer and engine - you wanna bet the politicians are not going to slap an automobile-tax on it?