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Trip-Avoidance Shoes

Shoes with friggin' lasers!
 
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These are shoes with range-finding lasers in the toe to detect imminent collisions with obstacles such as cracks in sidewalks, toys on stairs, and bullies' feet. Once an imminent collision is detected, the shoe beeps at you to give you just enough time to either adjust the swing of your foot or brace for impact.
21 Quest, Sep 15 2009

Can I buy the aftermarket kit to add on to these? http://www.halfbake...m/idea/Shoe_20Horny
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       I don't think you'd have enough time in a normal stride to change direction; in fact the 'beep' would give you just enough time to tense up thus maximizing damage... [+]
FlyingToaster, Sep 15 2009
  

       sp. "frikkin'"
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Sep 15 2009
  

       Oh yeah, of course there's an after-market kit, Norm.
21 Quest, Sep 15 2009
  

       Could the lasers be made powerful enough to vapourise the obstacle?
pocmloc, Sep 15 2009
  

       Well, alright. (+)
  

       ...but only if walking in them produces the energy to power the gizmos.   

       Would the additional length of the toe (for the sensors and possibly lasers) increase my own natural tendency to trip over things?
gnomethang, Sep 15 2009
  

       Pocmloc and 2 fries, I don't see why either of those should be a problem. I actually thought of the higherpower lasers myself. Would be a great thing to have in a fight, too. We've discussed shoe power before, so take your pick of the many viable mechanisms.
  

       Gnomethang, that wouldn't be an issue if the equipment was either mounted on top or embedded and recessed in the sole.
21 Quest, Sep 15 2009
  
      
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