A robotics company presents the fastest shoe in the world
An American start-up, Shift Robotics of Pittsburgh, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for what it claims is the world’s fastest shoe. The “Moonwalker” apparently allows you to walk at race speed while maneuvering stairs, through crowds, hills, and even riding public transportation.
Are you late for work and don’t want to run? Moonwalkers will help you reach your destination in less than half the time it would normally take you to walk there with a 100% increase in walking speed. The shoes use artificial intelligence (AI) to measure your gait and react to the way you walk, reaching the top speed of 12 km/h in seconds.
The shoes have two modes, locking and shifting, and they only move when you do. This means you can walk up and down stairs, enter public transport, and confidently wait at the crosswalk while the AI changes modes using an algorithm to adapt to your gait and to your walking environment. The shoes have a hinge system that allows your foot to bend naturally at your toes, preserving your natural gait, mobility and balance.
Like all great inventions, the idea behind these shoes was born out of a near-death experience for the founder Xunjie Zhang, who nearly got hit by a car on his way to work in Pittsburgh. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, Xunjie teamed up with a group of race car engineers, roboticists and sneaker designers to do one thing: pack everything you find in an electric vehicle into a shoe. , so you can effortlessly walk at racing speed.
In the three days since launching the Kickstarter campaign, the company has raised over CAD$170,000 ($20,000 more than its original goal). The shoes can be pre-ordered now for March 2023, but they will cost $1,399. Unfortunately, the Moonwalkers will only come in one size, which will best fit men between size 9 and 12 and women between 10.5 and 13.
Strava police will have to be on alert for Moonwalkers chasing segments when these pups hit the open market in the summer of 2023.