While some athletes might obsessively pour over old game tapes to commit plays to memory and figure out how to improve strategy, these pointe shoes record a ballet dancer's movements. Designed by Lesia Trubat, the E-Traces are fitted with Arduino technology and multiple sensors to help ballerinas perfect their technique.
The tech-infused footwear convert dance into a "stream of visual sensations," sending data to a device for dancers to analyze and make the necessary corrections. The app also allows users to customize how the information is presented. The E-Traces point shoes use the Arduino iteration Lilypad, which is shaped like flowers and has holes that allow the sensors to be sewn into fabric. The wearable technology could be incorporated into different dance styles as well.
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