Orphe Light Shoes

Orphe Light Shoes

Posted On: April 22, 2015
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Orphe is a smart-shoes system that uses motion sensors and LEDs to enable new forms of expression.

It’s a smart-shoes system designed for performance that functions both as a customizable lighting system and a musical instrument/audio-visual controller. The sole of each shoe contains advanced motion sensors, around 100 full-color, serially-controlled LEDs, and a wireless module (patent pending).

This technology allows users to intuitively express themselves in new and interesting ways by freely mapping interactions between their movements and light and sound. We also provide a system that makes it easy for users to share the assets they’ve created online, and we hope to grow a community of artists and performers working in different media and genres who can take inspiration from each other’s use of Orphe hardware and applications.

Using applications on their smartphones or other devices to customise their shoes’ LEDs, Orphe users can wear whatever colours they want. Orphe have designed white and black prototypes that look good no matter what colour the lights are.

Each Orphe shoe contains a small unified circuit board with an ARM Cortex-M3 microprocessor, invensense mpu9150 motion-tracking device, wireless module (Bluetooth LE), and charging circuit. Each sole is also surrounded by a high density LED tape with lights that can be controlled individually by the microprocessor.

Orphe shoes can be used in conjunction with various applications on smartphones or computers via a Bluetooth connection. They provide a free iOS application that allows users to control the lights on the shoes and integrate Orphe into their performances (Android and OSX versions are stretch goals and will be developed if enough funds are raised). They also want to release an SDK to make it easy for anyone to create applications that make use of the Orphe hardware, and we encourage users to develop and release their own applications.

The shoes’ illumination can be controlled easily and intuitively using a tablet, and the designs you create can be uploaded to the shoes.

Orphe’s lights can be set to change along with the speed and orientation of a dancer’s movements, allowing for various forms of expression and performance – giving motion an “aura”, for example, or creating a design using after-images.

The company are currently seeking funds on Indiegogo.