Ever since secret agentrang up the chief on that infamous shoe phone, geeks have mentally scoured the gadget aisles for footwear that could look dashing while doubling as a telecommunications device.
Here at Crave, we've written about wearable shoe phone that can place and receive calls wirelessly.before, but Paul Gardner-Stephen has pretty much left those in the dust with his
A post-doctoral fellow in bioinformatics at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, Gardner-Stephen developed the device by hollowing out the heels on a pair of men's dress shoes with a chisel and screwdriver and placing a phone in one cavity and a Bluetooth headset in the other.
He then reassembled the heels, punching holes in the rubber soles for the phone's answer/hangup and speaker buttons and the blue LED on the headset. He added a little plastic between the heel and sole for water-resistance, charged his shoe, and started dialing up his friends (via voice).
He first developed his device as a theater prop for a local church camp, but later envisioned applying it to remote patient management--tasks like managing pulse, blood pressure, and blood oxygenation.
"A shoe is a good location for housing the electronics required for storing and communicating these measurements," the inventor said. "Shoes are well-accepted by most people, and are simple to put on and take off."
Gardner-Stephen also thinks the shoes could hold sensors to detect if a wearer falls. That would be particularly useful, he said, for use in nursing homes and aging-care facilities.
Watch the video after the jump to see Gardner-Stephen's shoe ringing. And if you're hankering for your own pair of Get Smart footgear, Gardner-Stephen has posted detailed instructions. Of course, if do you manage a working pair, your invention will be a shoe-in for a Crave feature.