Via Tim Maly, Matt Jones of BERG is planning on doing some running, and was quite taken by the new Mayfly shoes from a large sports brand that I won’t bother namechecking. What’s interesting about the Mayflys is that, as the name suggests, they’re ephemeral. [image ganked from BERG post]
Of course, almost all consumer goods are ephemeral; what’s interesting here is the way that their limited lifespan is not only acknowledged but embraced by the product itself:
They are so light because they were designed with a definite lifespan.
They are only built to last for 100km.
On a good day, I usually run 10km.
These shoes are shoes I can use maybe ten times.
This defined sense of the object’s limited-life reinforces it’s narrative.
The thing is a clock.
Cradle-to-grave footwear product! As interesting as the concept is, I’m glad I’m not into running; for £40 or so, I’d want a pair of shoes I could wear more than ten times.
And good grief, but they’re ugly.. :-s
There’s nothing worse than being halfway through a long walk around the city only to have your MP3 player run out of juice. Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep it charged up just by walking?
Japanese electronics company NTT Docomo evidently thinks so, as they’ve been showing off a prototype shoe that can generate 1.2 Watts of power through the motion of their wearer.
Spiraltwist at grinding.be neatly sums up my feelings: “Concept is excellent, design needs to be refined.” That said, Docomo reckons the finished version will be on the market by 2010, by which time there’ll be plenty more pocket-sized gimcracks to plug it into… provided they have compatible plugs and sockets, natch. [image from linked DVICE article]
While we’re on the subject of wearable tech, Gizmodo has a round-up of geeksome gadgetry that means you can have your cyberpunk future rightfreakingnow… provided you don’t mind looking like a fool. I mean, trousers with a keyboard and speakers built in? Come on… [via Hack-a-Day]
[ 1 – OK, there are plainly plenty of things worse than this, but I thought I’d go for upbeat today; it’s a Tuesday, after all. ]