EVA Moccasin: Creating a research archetype to explore shoe use

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    In this paper three separate approaches to recording use data are encompassed in a single shoe sole prototype. A shoe sole with electronic and nonelectronic sensors is crafted using 3D printing of flexible materials from programed g-Code. The sole is inserted into a laser cut, 3D printing reinforced shoe upper. The shoe and sole are constructed from a design process of "Prototyping as a vehicle for inquiry" [7]. The idea of slow technology is applied during the inquiry and new methods of non-electronic sensing are developed. The first approach uses flexible, conductive 3D printed material to construct pressure sensors in the shoe sole. The second approach uses photographic analysis and material color change to determine use over time. The third method creates micro geometric structures via code that are intended to break in specific ways with specific use. Although many hours are spent developing these approaches, the shoe serves as a research archetype that attempts to asks questions about precision, design and sustainability.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationISWC 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450351881
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2017
    Event21st International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2017 - Maui, United States
    Duration: 11 Sept 201715 Sept 2017
    Conference number: 21


    Conference21st International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2017
    Abbreviated titleISWC 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Other2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, UbiComp/ISWC 2017
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    • 3D Printing
    • Flexible Conductive Materials
    • Prototyping
    • Sensor
    • Shoe
    • Shoe sole
    • Smart Wearable


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