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Korean Automotive Industry Exploring the Possibility of Car Shoes
Evolution of Wearable Devices
Korean Automotive Industry Exploring the Possibility of Car Shoes
  • By matthew
  • September 16, 2014, 05:46
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Kia Motors' Wearable K, which lets a user move at 15kph without having to walk.
Kia Motors' Wearable K, which lets a user move at 15kph without having to walk.

 

With the introduction of the Apple Watch following the Galaxy Gear and the G Watch R, an increasing number of mobile IT products are being released in the form of wearable devices. Due to this trend, global auto companies are exploring the possibility of wearable transportation devices. And that means car shoes.

According to industry sources on Sept. 14, auto makers both at home and abroad are trying wearable experiments that involve a combination of cars and smart devices, or the development of new technology in a way that maximizes driver convenience.

Wearable moving equipment inspired by the movie “Iron Man” has already been prototyped by local companies. Kia Motors showcased the “Wearable K” at the 2014 Busan International Motor Show last May. It is an exoskeleton with rollerblades, allowing the user to travel up to 15 kph.

The equipment was selected as an excellent project at the R&D Idea Festival, a competition held at the Namyang R&D center every October to mock up future means of transportation.