VitaBoot: Footwear with Dynamic Graphical Patterning

Walther Jensen, Ashley Colley, Markus Löchtefeld

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VitaBoot is a footwear concept incorporating dynamic graphical patterns which indicate the wearer’s activity level. Whilstshoes are an important element in fashion wear and a lotof research has focused on shoes as input devices, comparable few concepts have explored the potential for their useas an output space. We created a boot design that incorporates dynamic patterning through the use of electrochromic(EC) displays embedded in the surface material. The bootwas designed and constructed from scratch, using a fauxleather material, ensuring the overall aesthetic of the design,including the integration of the required control electronicsand power source. The boot connects wirelessly to a chest-worn heart rate belt, and pattern changes indicate when thewearer’s heart rate is above a predefined threshold. VitaBootdemonstrates the potential for dynamic shoe patterning foraesthetic or functional means, and the suitability of flexible,low-power EC display technology in this domain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISWC '19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6870-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers - Lontoo, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sept 201913 Sept 2019
Conference number: 23

Publication series

SeriesISWC '19: Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Wearable Computers


ConferenceACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
Abbreviated titleISWC '19
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • ambient display
  • electrochromic display
  • footwear
  • shoes
  • wearable display
  • activity tracking

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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