If an Apple patent application is any indication, athletic shoes may start telling us when they need replacing.

In a patent filed back in July of 2012, Curtis Vock and Perry Youngs are listed as the inventors of a “shoe wear-out sensor, body-bar sensing system, unitless activity assessment and associated methods,” with Apple Inc as the assignee. Vock is an intellectual property lawyer with Lathrop & Gage, a Boulder, CO based law firm.

The idea of the patent is to warn users of athletic shoes when a “critical wear level has been reached,” in which case the shoe may not supply support and could injure the wearer. While the patent may never end up being used for a real Apple product, it’s fascinating to see the company is looking outside of the gadgets we use everyday to the “internet of things” like shoes.

A full PDF of the patent filing is available for download here.

Apple applies for patent on 'smart shoe' sensor

Apple applies for patent on “smart shoe” sensor originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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