Shoe Integrated Displays: A Prototype Sports Shoe Display and Design Space

Ashley Colley, Pawel W. Wozniak, Francisco Kiss, Jonna Häkkilä

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In this paper, we address shoes as a platform for wearable displays. To open research on the area, we present a functional prototype of a display integrated to a sports shoe. The prototype utilizes three different areas of LEDs attached to the shoe as a display mechanism, and indicates the wearer's running pace relative to a preset target pace. To explore perceptions of the concept, and ideate further on the topic, we conducted semi-structured interviews with a group of regular runners. Initial findings suggest that the ambient, peripheral visibility of the sports shoe display is appreciated as fitting well to the running activity. To provide a structure for future work in the area we present a design space for shoe displays, identifying aspects such as scope of visibility, content, visualization style, and usage context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI '18
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6437-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society - Tallinna, Estonia
Duration: 25 Oct 202029 Oct 2020
Conference number: 11

Publication series

SeriesNordiCHI '18


ConferenceNordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleNordiCHI '18
Internet address


  • activity trackers, ambient displays, design space, gait analysis, running, running shoes, shoes, skiing, sports, wearable displays, wellness

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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