Innovation is the key – may it be in science, sports or day-to-day activities. Recently, there has been a great amount of scientific infiltration in the world of sports. High-end sports apparels meet sustainable development and technologies to create something exceptional and unique. Various sports brands have been incorporating many such advancements. One such brand is Puma who is working on BioEvolution shoes.
It is basically a shoe that includes living microbes. The upper part of the sneakers will contain a compact nano-sensor mesh which maps out at a microscopic level all the areas of the foot. These microbes can identify areas of the foot that produce heat and sweat to create a unique and personalized layer. What’s more, this biologically active layer makes it possible for the shoe to repair itself in case of any damage.
Commenting on the new development by the sports brand, Charles Johnson, PUMA’s Global Director of Innovation, said: “The sneakers itself is nothing special – it begins as a blank canvas. However, thanks to the biotechnology that it incorporates, it evolves with you when you start to wear it. In some sense, it becomes a part of your body.”
Puma has been working on this bio-design since 2017 but its first glimpse was released earlier this year by Puma’s R&D lab. The project is being conducted under the creative vision of Innovation by Design, a multi-disciplinary design studio founded in 2014 as a spin-off of MIT Design Lab.
It is still at its experimental stage but there are rumours floating about a country’s football team already testing out the prototype of the shoes.
With advancements on the innovation front in full gear, will we be able to see this technology roll out to the pitch soon? We can only wait and watch.