Samsung has been dabbling with various fitness sensors in clothing and shoes for some years now, and it appears the company may be ready to release a set of trainers with built-in sensors to help elite athletes stay on top of their game.
In August of this year, Samsung C & T Corporation applied for two design patents at the Korean KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office). The patent was assigned on December 27, 2018 and shows different render images of a sneaker with a sensor on the back.
The patented Samsung shoes are made of leather and synthetic material. With model A (above) the smart sports shoe can be switched on and off by pulling the tab. With model B (below) the sensor can also be found at the back, where you have to open a plastic flap to activate the smart functions.
Samsung has previously created a sensor-laden smart men’s suit, the Samsung Smart Suit, which was used by Dutch athletes to train for the Winter Olympics. A Samsung Creative Lab spin-off, Iofit, has also announced Smart shoes some years ago.
It is not certain when these shoes will reach the market, but it is clear from the design patent that the shoes are in an advanced state of development, suggesting we will likely see them sooner rather than later.