Run with anyone, anywhere.
Running is primarily an individual sport, but there is a growing group of runners who participate in the sport for the community and social benefits of it. But our lives are becoming increasingly fragmented with travel, people moving away, and growing distance between people who would normally run together.
Run is a training and gaming system that allows casual runners to detect and run with other runners without letting geography get in the way. The system includes an intelligent shoe, a web site, a cell phone application, and an infrastructure that includes a series of experiences for multiple niche markets within the sports and gaming communities.
The concept of run is based on a new smart textile that is made of a soft, flexible color-changing fabric. The entire upper of the run shoe is constructed of this fabric and changes color through a gradient depending on how fast or slow you are relative to other people you are running with. Like all of Electricfoxy's work, the function of the interface is part of the aesthetics of the footwear itself. Race with others from anywhere, run solo and keep track of you speed against yourself, or play a game of tag with others in a city. The color interface is as simple as this:
The prototype was built using EL wires to simulate the experience of the color-shifting fabric on the shoe's upper. This was then easily tested in the environment to evaluate the interface and ultimately adjust and refine the experience.