Functioning both as a customizable lighting system and a musical instrument/audio-visual controller Orphe is a smart-shoes system designed for performance. Japan based No New Folk Studio had advanced motion sensors, 100 full-color, serially-controlled LEDs, and a wireless module (patent pending) embedded into the sole of each shoe.

Orphe users are able to choose the colours they want to wear using applications on their smartphones or other devices to customise the LEDs.

Finding a way to make shoes that have batteries and a host of electronic components inside them has been very challenging, but through close collaboration between a traditional shoemaker and our engineers we’ve been able to achieve a minimalist design that functions well both as an interface and as footwear. 

The project is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo.

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Images and video courtesy of No New Folk Studio