In June of this year we published a blog post hypothesizing about how new products in the category of smart wearables might benefit Raynaud’s sufferers.
Voila, we found one! The product is Digitsoles, the first connected, interactive, heated insole that can be controlled via your smartphone. These smart insoles connect to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth technology. You select a temperature for your shoes and enjoy toasty toes. They heat up to 104°F (40°C) and, once charged, last for 7 to 8 hours.
But that’s not all – these smart soles also track your activity, and after entering some basic personal info into the app, they tell you how many calories you burned that day. These are nice to have features, but for Frosties, it’s all about the warm feet!
What’s great about this concept is that you can control the temperature throughout the day. So if you’re standing outside waiting for a train it’s on a warmer setting. Once you board the train, you can turn it down for travel, then turn it up again when you’re leaving the station. Once you’ve arrived at your final destination (office, hotel, restaurant, etc.), you turn it down again, or maybe even off. And it’s done without taking off your shoes or adjusting them – just swipe your phone!
Those of us who’ve juggled hot packs in our shoes, dealt with the changing environmental temperatures throughout the day, and arrived at a location where you need to stop in the restroom to remove them before a meeting or a meal can understand the beauty of this concept!
The bad news is that the product is not yet on the market (sorry!). It’s in prototype now by a French company that is raising money on Kickstarter, and they’ve already exceeded their $40,000 goal, so let’s hope to see them on the shelves in 2015. Stay tuned for further updates…