Asics has unveiled the prototype of its first smart shoe, developed in close partnership with New Fold Studio (nnf). The announcement was made at CES 2020, the Las Vegas tradeshow on consumer technologies, whose latest edition ran on Jan. 7-10. Nnf is a Japanese start-up pioneering the use of sensor technology in footwear. Nnf and the Asics Institute of Sport Science have been collaborating since April 2017 to study leg movement and smart shoes. The prototype of the new footwear features Nnf's Orphe Track sensor – designed to allow any kind of shoes to become smart footwear – embedded into Asics' Evoride running shoes. The upcoming range of smart shoes offers data tracking and real-time analysis to give runners feedback and actionable insights. Artificial intelligence processes the collected data and delivers coaching or recommendations on the type of shoe. The range of Asics smart shoes is expected to be launched later this year.

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