New smart trainers self-tighten and adjust temperature

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

The leather Digitsole Smartshoe truly looks like something from the future, and was originally unveiled at CES in 2016, but smashed its 50,000 USD target on Kickstarter. Smartshoe is the latest innovation by the French company Digitsole, which specializes in connected footwear. The shoes connect to a user's smartphone (iOS or Android) via bluetooth and measures things like distance walked, stairs elevated and calories counted. Smartshoe also has heated soles, which owners can control using a digital thermostat on their phone. They have a self-tightening function - a couple of hydraulics pull the tongue into place meaning no more backs being knocked out…

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