A view into the 3D prototyping of high performance shoes, from Sneaker News:
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New Balance Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) uses biomechanical data, motion capture, high speed video, sophisticated softwear and embedded sensors to transfer the strides of Olympians and World Champions into precisely what they need to go even faster. All-American runner Jack Bolas became the first to wear a 3D-printed shoe in competition at January’s New Balance Games and now we wait on word for a consumer release. In the meantime, have a closer look below and let us know how you imagine 3D printing and other new technologies changing the sneaker world.
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I imagine the real power in this would come from completely custom sizing. Walk on some type of "sensor floor" or trial shoe that watches the arch of your feet, while a kinect watches your stride. Then you get some sneakers in the mail, perfectly-sized and just for you.