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At this year’s South By Southwest festival, Google showed off a groovy prototype of a pair of web-enabled shoes with speakers embedded on the tongue. By tracking your movement and location as you wear them, the shoes can offer advice and coaching, and can broadcast your activity online.

While it’s not clear the chatty sneakers are desirable to wear every day, we love that Google is putting experiments like these out there to ask questions and try out new experiences in the intersection of the physical and the digital.

The shoes were commissioned by Google and created by NYC-based collective YesYesNo, founded by Smart Interaction Lab friend Zach Leiberman and Studio5050.

A great review of the project can be seen on Art Copy & Code.

Posted by: Carla Diana

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