As "smart" technologies continue to consume just about every aspect of our lives - from eating and doing laundry to turning on the lights and saving ourselves from drunken blackouts - you'd think we're incapable of functioning in world without a device negotiating our every move.
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But as someone who's prone to wearing a pair shoes or boots until they fall apart, perhaps I'm in need of more smart interventions than I think. It seems Apple may have a foot in the door for doing so, especially on the heels of their recent patent application for "smart shoes."
Rather than being equipped with a external tracker, the shoes would contain wear-out sensors that would alert you via Wi-Fi when it was time to get some new kicks.
"As a shoe wears, physical support provided by the shoe decreases, thereby reducing associated protection from injury," the patent states. "When a critical wear level is reached, even if the shoe looks like it is not particularly worn, the shoe may not provide adequate support and may, in fact, cause damage to feet."