Pokémon Go, the recently released free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, has taken the world by storm. A New Zealand man reportedly quit his job to catch Pokémon full-time. For all the tips and tricks that have amassed on the internet to aid Pokémon Go players in their quest to “catch ‘em all”, a new innovative product from Vixole has emerged to help improve your game through interactive sneakers.
Vixole have come up with the first customizable e-sneaker featuring a built-in display. These ‘e-sneakers’ called Matrix have LED lights installed throughout the shoe that light up and animate via custom designs and patterns. The sneakers can be synched with mobile AR (augmented reality) or VR (virtual reality) games, like Pokémon Go for example, where the sensors can detect if a Pokémon is nearby, vibrating to let the user know.
Not a lot is known about the product at this stage and the model is simply a prototype for now. A video released by the company is the only clue as to how these e-sneakers will function. Not available to the public yet, the Vixole matrix will go live on Kickstarter this September. According to Tech Insider, the model will come in three colour-ways at an early bird price of roughly $200.