There are a few notable smart shoe options on the market, such as the prominent UA Equipped Record series, the ambitious Boltt shoes, and the recent Sensoria’s take on smart footwear. Today, the Runtopia Reach smart shoe joins this small circle of companies who are eager to improve your running performance with intelligent foot wear.
Runtopia is not stranger to the running scene; the company has a mobile app on both Google Play and App Store that not only works as a GPS tracker but dishes up a comprehensive collection of running news & tips.
During use, the Runtopia Reach smart shoes would automatically detect and analyse data like gait, cadence, stride length, and provide real time audio coaching cues when used in conjunction with Runtopia’s mobile app. And since the shoes can function independently of the mobile device, the user may run first and have the tracked data synced later.
The key lies in a Bluetooth Smart chip that is placed beneath the insoles – this device alone captures all the tracked stats which is then synced to the Runtopia mobile app.
Runtopia Reach features:
- Tracks run metrics such as stride length, impact rate, pace, ground force
- Tracks distance, splits, calories, elevation, duration, heart rate
- Anti-bacterial insoles
- Bluetooth smart chips
- User replaceable coin cell battery powers the shoe for about 6 months
“At Runtopia, we are committed to elevating the running experience—not only by creating products and services—but by creating an engaged network of enthusiasts and promoting a sports-centric lifestyle. With Runtopia Reach we are making each step smarter and safer,” said James Si, VP & Co-founder.
The smart shoes are available in Ash Black and Blaze Red with shipping slated in February 2018 and recommended retail price set at $120. The company has already met their crowdfunding target with about a month left; a clear sign of a successful campaign.
You can head over to their Indiegogo campaign site to snag yourself a pair Runtopia Reach at a significant discount.