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The challenge

Leading shoe brand ECCO wanted to create a new generation of customised footwear for the mass market. CDP was enlisted to help make this a reality – with unique wearable sensors embedded in the soles of the test shoes.

  • Applied Expertise
  • Research & strategy
  • Human factors
  • Industrial design
  • Packaging
  • Technology development
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Wireless & connected
  • Short run manufacturing
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Supply chain management

The solution

The first prototype of the wearable sensor was created by CDP and ECCO in less than four months. It collects a multitude of data using gyroscopes, pressure sensors and accelerometers – as well as the temperature and humidity inside each shoe – to create a unique digital footprint.

The inbuilt algorithm translates the data into geometries for in-store 3D printing of customised midsoles for customers, based on each individual’s biomechanical and orthotic parameters.

The benefits

Working with CDP helped ECCO to translate more than 50 years of shoemaking experience into an algorithm. Consumers get a full digital analysis of their feet and gait within minutes – and shoes are tailored to their specific requirements in just two hours.

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