When Puma launched its "RS" computerized sneakers back in 1986, the company thought it could be a new era in smart wearables. Things did not go well as planned, and the shoes fell on a bunch of gadgets that were just too far ahead of their time.
Today, portable technology is common, so Puma has decided that it will take a new crack on its innovative smart shoes, and it does with a new edition that adheres to the original (now retro) design.
RS (which stands for "Running System") shoes was simply futuristic for the mid-1980s. The shoes were able to track calculations such as training times, distance travel, and even a rough estimate of energy consumption – all we expect now of smartwatches and training bands.
The original shoes required that you crochet the lumpy back of the shoes to a computer to access fitness statistics, but the re-release will make things a lot easier thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. The retro futuristic kicks track an entire month of activity and the hardware buttons on the back of the right shoe can be printed to display a step count reading and battery charge level on a small digital display.
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The shoes will be available on December 13th, but you must be in Toyko, Berlin, or London to score them personally. Alternatively, you can be lucky and talk a couple online to one of Puma's dealers, but it's a long shot at best.