Interview: Former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman’s moonwalking electric shoes

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News Story Source: by Michael Irving
Leading a team of engineers and designers, he's now concocted a prototype that sounds like something you'd see in an ACME catalog: electric shoes. Ahead of the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for the project, New Atlas spoke to Hyneman about how and why you'd mechanize shoes, and just what you might use them for.

The electric shoes, also known as Vortrex, look a little like roller skates, with wheels under the heels and something akin to tank treads under the toes. But it's what you can't see that makes all the difference: these sensor-laden shoes are stuffed with motors, batteries, gear reduction systems, speed controls, processors, Bluetooth connectivity, accelerometers, inertial measurement units (IMUs), and infrared for obstacle detection – among other things.

So what would you do with all that tech underfoot? The original idea (and ultimate end-goal) was to create a pair of shoes that acted like the moving walkways you use in airports, increasing
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