Sometimes, technology makes amazing leaps and bounds to improve the lives of people all over the world – and sometimes we get a pair of electronic dancing socks!
Designer Pascal Ziegler created the vibrating socks to teach basic choreography to the wearer. You sync your socks up to an app, which tells the socks when to buzz and where. The buzzing shows you how to position your feet properly. You can learn how to dance the Charleston, Foxtrot, or Mambo. There are pressures sensors to track your steps and give you feedback through the app, just like a real dance teacher.
“Our goal is to increase the quality of dancing lessons in general,” said Ziegler. “In dancing classes, students learn many new steps in a short period of time. Often it is hard for them to translate the theoretical movement into dancing steps synchronized to music and rhythm. Unfortunately, dancing teachers don’t have the time or students don’t have the money for 1-to-1 supervision, especially concerning repetitive instructions, which can result in frustration of both sides.”
The socks are a prototype, created with a view to eventually designing dancing shoes. Unfortunately, the socks aren’t available for purchase, but you can make your own pair of dancing socks with a little time and a soldering iron.
See the socks in action here: