Shoes of the future: living protocellular sneakers with self-healing





London designer and experimenter Sheymis Aiden develops the concept of running shoes the future , which will be produced by 3D-printer from synthetically biological material having self-healing properties. Aiden says Protocells, so called sneakers, will be made taking into account the exact size of a person’s foot and will be felt on his feet like a second skin. Furthermore, the material will respond to the pressure and motion, and if necessary increase in volume, thus creating additional cushioning.

Sheymis project engaged with Dr. Martin Hanchikom, professor at the University of Southern Denmark and specializing in technologies protocells (probiontov). Protocells (or probiontov) are the basic molecular structures themselves are not alive, but when combined can create living organisms.


By mixing different types of non-living molecules, scientists are attempting to create artificial living systems, which can then be programmed to different behavior, for example, in a special way to respond to the pressure, as well as light and heat.

“The cells are able to respond to the pressure and appropriately respond to it” – shared with journalists Aiden portal Dezeen conference Wearable Futures, held in London.


“When you run on a different surface texture is able to swell or shrink the contrary, depending on how much pressure is applied on the shoes. This opportunity will give you extra support when running. ”


After running protocells in the material will lose their energy, so in order to restore the shoes will be placed in a special container filled with liquid protocellular. This will allow the liquid to living organisms in the material “rest and recuperate.” Furthermore, liquid can be of any color, and when the cell recovery will find numbers shoe being in the liquid container.


“These shoes have to take home and care for them just as if they were, say, plant. Each time to make sure that the material was necessary nutritional properties and regained his strength, “- says the designer.

Aiden adds that her project aims to demonstrate the potential of a wider audience protocellular use technology. Inventor of dreams that a full opportunity to use quite possibly appear in the relatively near future , to the year 2050.


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