Paul Gardner-Stephen Creates Wireless Phone Built Into A Shoe

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Paul Gardner-Stephen has transformed a wearable shoe into a wireless mobile phone.  Paul is a post-doctoral fellow in bioinformatics at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.  He started putting the device together when he hollowed the heel of a men’s dress shoe with a chisel and screwdriver and then placed a phone in one of the holes.  In the other hole, he put a Bluetooth headset.  After that, he put the heel back on and then punched holes in the soles for the answer and hangup buttons and another hole for the speaker buttons.  There is also blue LED on the headset.

Paul created the device initially as a theater prop for a church camp but then later thought that the idea could be used for other purposes.  Paul thinks that this could be used as a portable patient management system for doing tasks like managing pulse, checking blood pressure, and blood oxygenation.

“A shoe is a good location for housing the electronics required for storing and communicating these measurements,” stated Paul. “Shoes are well-accepted by most people, and are simple to put on and take off.”

[via CNET Crave]