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SolePower unveils smart work boots for industry workers

Pittsburgh-based startup company SolePower has unveiled its most recent work boot prototype. The boots appear to be typical work boots until a user begins walking. Rectangular sections in the boots' heels illuminate bright orange—a visual indication the boots are charging.

SolePower smart work boots

Inside the SolePower boots are a variety of sensors, including those for temperature detection, GPS, Wi-Fi, electronics and inertial measurement units, which track location and motion. Each sensor is powered by a kinetic charger that harnesses the energy produced by walking.