Biometric Soles

Gait identifying

Pedo-Biometrics Lab (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh) is working on high-tech shoe insoles designed to monitor access to high-security areas such as military bases or nuclear power plants. The concept for these insoles builds on extensive research that shows individuals have unique feet and ways of walking.

Sensors in the biometric soles check the pressure of feet and monitor gait. Its microcomputer compares these patterns with a master file for that person. By the third step, it can determine the match or not. If not, a wireless alarm triggers a message. The sensor also detects when someone is wearing another person’s shoes.

Scientists have known for centuries that each person has a unique way of walking. The U.S. Department of Defense and the Chinese government pour millions into funding gait research. The Institute of Intelligent Machines is also doing extensive research into gait biometrics. There are even reports of floors designed to monitor footsteps without people being aware of it.

For more details, including how biometric soles may be used for medical diagnostics, check this link:

http://www.mobilenapps.com/articles/3243/20120723/biometric-soles-future-high-tech-security.htm

Photo Source:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=app+to+identify+gait+marios+savvides+images&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=xFVNVIzEFcqBygSi44GYCg&ved=0CBwQsAQ

“Time wounds all heels.” (From the Cabaret called ‘Shoes’)

The Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, hosted the world premiere of ‘Shoes’ in 2010. This quirky cabaret explored Choos, Louboutins and Crocs through song and dance. Richard Thomas, the man behind Jerry Springer – The Opera, composed the music. Stephen Mear, the Tony- and Laurence Olivier-award winner choreographed.

Twelve dancers performed in more than 250 pairs of shoes including flip-flops, sparkly platforms, Ugg boots as well as outsize footwear – flippers, clown shoes, and skis. The multilevel set had the band sitting atop a giant stiletto, where some entrances were made by sliding down its insole.

Tongue in cheek: there is much irony surrounding our affection for shoes.

 Sources:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/shoes-on-parade-in-london/article1379072/

www.sadlerswells.com/show/shoes

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2010/sep/08/shoes-review