Last week sportswear giant, Adidas, unveiled the “Futurecraft 3D,” a 3D-printed, customized running-shoe midsole designed to meet the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot. Hailing it a “production breakthrough,” Adidas says the concept piece will take the running-shoe standard to the “next level” by offering a flexible carbon copy of the athlete’s foot, down to his or her exact contours and pressure points.
There are loads of technological gadgets that have helped us achieve our health and fitness goals, such as those measuring heart rate to how much height you’ve claimed during your mountain climbing class. But there’s been one element on our morning run that couldn’t be measured until now – how much pollution we’re sucking in with every breath, potentially putting our health at risk. Now a really cool gadget aims to change all that.
A San Francisco startup is giving spiders and silkworms a run for their money. Bolt Threads has developed a synthetic, “programmable” alternative to larval- or arachnid-produced silk. Engineered using proteins derived from yeast, the fibers can be manipulated to deliver any combination of softness, strength, and durability. They’re even machine-washable.