Running Shoe with Integrated Electrochromic Displays

Heiko Müller, Emma Napari, Lauri Hakala, Ashley Colley, Jonna Häkkilä

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We present the initial prototype of a running shoe with integrated electrochromic (EC) information displays. The flexibility of the displays and the possibility to create displays in any shape make the technology particularly suited for seamless integration in running shoes, supporting the shoe's overall design aesthetic. Our prototype implementation includes a segmented display in the toe-box area of the shoe, suitable for display of goal achievement and a side display, showing the wear-and-tear state of the shoe. The EC displays are driven by an Arduino microcontroller, battery and sensors, embedded in the sole. As next steps, the shoe will be evaluated in trials with experienced runners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerDis '19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 8th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays
EditorsJessica R. Cauchard, Vito Gentile
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6751-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jun 20205 Jun 2020
Conference number: 9

Publication series

SeriesProceedings - Pervasive Displays 2019 - 8th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, PerDis 2019


ConferenceACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays
Abbreviated titlePerDis '19
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • electrochromic displays, running, shoes, sports, wearables

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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