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Code M, the musical shoes

Code M, the musical shoes

Last month, LL International--parent company of Dada footwear--quietly announced the Code M system, a "proprietary, patent-pending wireless technology application for footwear that delivers both audio and data." Essentially, Dada wanted to get its hands in the big money pot that is the consumer electronics industry. The development of the technology stemmed from LL International's president and CEO, Lavetta Willis, who was looking for a device that would not only play music while she worked out but also track her mileage, pace, and heart rate as well as allow her to answer her cell phone and keep track of time. (The Philips-Nike MP3Run comes close.) Although the product pictured at left doesn't immediately address all of these needs, the Code M technology that's integrated into its tongue and heel has the potential to. The Dada Supreme shoes, which are set to launch next month, are capable of holding up to 100 songs and have a USB port built in for music transfers and battery charging (rated six-hour battery life). The shoes also come with a wireless headset with a 30-foot range. The cost for haute technology? $199.99.