Shoes Alert! AI-Infused Shoes That Adapt to Your Moves!


A new discovery in artificial intelligence can let normal things like shoes or helmets change to help the person using them.

Smart people from big colleges and a small AI company called AIZip made a system. It lets AI tools make copies of themselves that work better. The copies are smaller so they can fit inside stuff people use.

It’s called a fully automated AI-design pipeline. It will let people make millions of special AI models fast without humans needing to do a lot. The models can go in things and change based on information they get. This helps the things work better.

What is AIZip and How it works?

In the last year, AI has gone everywhere since ChatGPT launched. Office tools, phone systems, etc. now use AI power.

But regular things we use daily – shoes, clothes, stuff at home like toasters – don’t use AI yet. That’s changing as AI learns to make other AI stuff, and needs less power and energy.

Yubei Chen leads technology at a company named Aizip. He’s a professor too. He said this new stuff is the first step to changing how AI things get made. In the future we may see shoes that change as you walk to match your body.

“Small AI can get better quick with help from big AI. So small stuff at the edge can improve fast,” said Brian Cheung, an AI expert at MIT and chief scientist at Aizip.

Shoes got Sensors To Help AI To Understand Them

Dr Chen and his team see a future where sensors go into everything around us – trillions of them. Clothes may have tiny sensors woven inside. Houses could have them in every room. Even toothbrushes might put them in the bristles.

All those sensors would make huge amounts of data. The team says AI is needed to understand it all. But current AI is too big and doesn’t adapt fast enough. That’s where their new system helps. It lets one AI make another AI for specific tasks.

“We’re seeing a big change in how people and machines interact, with brain- and body- sensing,” said Gert Cauwenberghs, a professor at UC San Diego working with the team. He told Tom’s Guide this in an email.

“Making sense of the massive data from these sensors is hard because biological systems make lots of noise,” he added. “Powerful AI is needed that can work despite the noise – AI that’s part of wearables and devices.”

“Efficient AI models at the edge are key for body sensing in wearables. What Aizip does lets us make apps that truly change bio-engineering.”

Practical applications

Aside from shoes that change the cushioning as you run, this technology could do other amazing things. Dr Chen’s team talked about making things more comfy and convenient without hurting the planet.

They said clothes may have tiny sensors woven into the fabric in the future. Houses could have sensors in every room. Even toothbrushes might put them in the bristles.

The team is learning from nature. Tiny animal brains with under a million neurons use efficient wiring to survive. Future AI systems powering stuff put into things will need efficient solutions too.

“This is more than just a big technological jump. It’s the start of a new time when everything could become smart, changing, and adapting to help us,” the researchers wrote.

The company doing this new work, called AIzip, is already talking to chip and sensor companies. They want to put their system into really small products. We might see noise-cancelling stuff as soon as next year. Shoes and smart home devices could follow soon after, they said.

We Should Move Carefully With This

As someone deep into technology, this should excite me. A few years ago I told people to stop complaining when smart gadgets mess up. And it’s true home and IoT stuff has improved a lot recently. But AI is like dumping hot pepper into the mix of smart things. It’s so advanced but can be unpredictable and get things wrong.

Now we have AI that makes copies of itself on a small scale. The copies aren’t perfect duplicates, more like twins with their own interests. One copy might obsess over certain parts of shoes, shirts, fridges, lights, or TV shows.

Who knows what the AI could learn from sensors everywhere? I guess researchers are trying to keep things safe, but remember Skynet?

At some point, an AI that copies itself and makes child versions with special skills might go down a bad path.

I applaud the scientists for inventing tech that could get inside shoes or other gadgets soon. But if those smart sneakers ever start leading you the wrong way, don’t say you weren’t warned!

Future Smart Kitchen

Aside from smart shoes, the research team imagined a full smart kitchen where appliances learn from how people use them.

AI Coffee Maker (The Barista):

This smart coffee maker uses face or voice recognition to know who you are. Then it can make your coffee just how you like it. It finds your cup and pours the right amount without overflowing.

Smart Fridge (The Nutritionist):

The fridge has a camera and computer vision to see what’s inside. It can tell what the food and drinks are and guess their nutrition info. A barcode reader collects super detailed data to help people eat healthier and not waste food. It can even suggest buying stuff and make shopping lists.

AI Oven (The Gourmet Chef):

With a built-in camera and AI, the oven knows what you put in it and how much. It picks cooking settings all by itself for best results, and figures out nutrition details of what you cook.

Smart Dishwasher (The Efficient Cleaner):

Like the smart fridge, this dishwasher uses AI to spot dishes and where they are. That way it can use just enough water and wash time to get them clean but no more.

Smart Lights (The Illuminator):

Voice controlled lights can understand different accents and personal settings. The lights change based on available light to save power.

AI TV (The Personal Assistant):

TVs with AI are popular in kitchens now. They play shows but also give weather updates, recipes that match your tastes, and more. They know who you are by face or voice and take voice commands.

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