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We would like to create a pair of shoes that interacts with a child (ages 1-5) who lives in a low-income community. The shoes give commands and then encourage the child when they complete the task. Walking or running creates energy that is stored in batteries; however, the shoes have different modes including "game mode" and "walking mode."

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When in the "game mode" the shoes will say a command. For example, the child will be asked to jump five times. After sensors in the shoes recognize that the child has completed the action, it will congratulate the child and propose another task. One child's shoes can be linked with those of another kids to encourage exercise through sports such as soccer.  

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

The child who is wearing the FunRunners will benefit through education, exercise, and new social skills. The user can be from any part of the world.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!


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