Presentation Title

Adaptive Shoes

Faculty Mentor

Steve Boyer

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

Location

133

Session

poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Shoelaces have been around for generations, a technology that is functional and vital to human lives. Although it has been around for a long time, the technology has not seen much improvement with global technological growth. One example is that in the field of Industrial Design, footwear solutions for the elderly and disabled have not been developed to an extent that will allow for footwear to be worn with ease. As people grow older, their motor skills deteriorate over time which can lead to tying shoelaces to be difficult and lower one’s self-efficacy. The “Adaptive Shoe” is a conceptual footwear prototype that will use a pressure-activated mechanical tightening system that will adapt the upper to the wearer’s foot shape and tighten the medial and lateral sides of the shoe using cables. By building a physical model, the mechanism of the concept can be proven. Currently, the market offers limited self-tying shoes. Nike has produced several products. However, such products require electrical and motor parts that lead to a more expensive product. The goal of this proposed project is to develop and present a conceptual product that only uses mechanical parts instead of motors and electrical components. The poster would include ideations and an explanation of how the product would work. With this technology, tying shoes would become obsolete for people with disabilities, elderly, and situations that may not allow a person to tie their shoes. The adaptive shoe could improve the quality of people’s lives because they would not have to worry about reaching down to tie their shoes.

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Adaptive Shoes

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Shoelaces have been around for generations, a technology that is functional and vital to human lives. Although it has been around for a long time, the technology has not seen much improvement with global technological growth. One example is that in the field of Industrial Design, footwear solutions for the elderly and disabled have not been developed to an extent that will allow for footwear to be worn with ease. As people grow older, their motor skills deteriorate over time which can lead to tying shoelaces to be difficult and lower one’s self-efficacy. The “Adaptive Shoe” is a conceptual footwear prototype that will use a pressure-activated mechanical tightening system that will adapt the upper to the wearer’s foot shape and tighten the medial and lateral sides of the shoe using cables. By building a physical model, the mechanism of the concept can be proven. Currently, the market offers limited self-tying shoes. Nike has produced several products. However, such products require electrical and motor parts that lead to a more expensive product. The goal of this proposed project is to develop and present a conceptual product that only uses mechanical parts instead of motors and electrical components. The poster would include ideations and an explanation of how the product would work. With this technology, tying shoes would become obsolete for people with disabilities, elderly, and situations that may not allow a person to tie their shoes. The adaptive shoe could improve the quality of people’s lives because they would not have to worry about reaching down to tie their shoes.