The shoes can identity and transmit information for 10 different gait patterns (standing, sitting, turning left, turning right, walking left, walking right, walking forward, walking backward, going upstairs, and downstairs). Suggested applications for the shoes include being used in gaming platforms (think Wii Fitness) or detecting abnormal gaits in health care patient monitoring.
"The goal of this project is to build a foot-computer interface: a newly hand-free and eye-free interactive technology designed for the growing pervasive computing environments. By embedding multiple sensors into shoes, people are allowed to control ambient digital devices with their foot gestures as well as toe gestures."
- Twelve Force-Sensing Resistors(FSR)
- two Arduino UNO microcontroller boards with ATmega168 microprocessors
- two Xbee wireless transmission devices
Based on the MIT licence (code here)
More information on the project can be found at http://code.arc.cmu.edu/projects/senseable-shoes/.