Smart clothing and gear is one of the next great frontiers in wearable tech — and these sneakers that change color with a simple smartphone tap is an upcoming trend we can’t wait to try.
The Shift Sneaker is a project from creative tech company +rehabstudio that will literally shift colors to match your outfit or mood. Why the sneaker? Well, sneaker fans tend to have several pairs, but the company wants to change that by creating “the sneaker you buy once that acts like a million different pairs.”
The sneakers use “conductive and reactive textiles with adept fibers,” to transform design. Basically, the conductive materials allow electrical signals to pass through to adjust the mini LEDs throughout the shoe to change colors and patterns.
Eventually, there will be “packs” of new designs that wearers can download to change out their styles. Users will even be able to take a selfie of their outfit to match the sneakers to those colors.
The shoes have practical applications, too. Runners and cyclists will be able to change their shoes to be more noticeable in the dark or rain.
A managing partner at +rehabstudio told Huffington Post that the shoes are still in development stages, so you won’t see them anytime too soon. But once these babies go live? Count me in.