The image gallery contains more images of the shoe phone, in both small screen size and high resolution for press.
The entire world has been waiting for decades with baited breath for the arrival of real, working shoe phone technology.
You find that hard to believe? Would you believe that someone, somewhere, has been occassionally thinking about shoe phones?
Well, the shoe phone finally lives, as you will discover below, and as you can hear for your self, here or
here, or listen to an ABC interview which gets interrupted by the shoe phone ringing.
The attention the shoe phone has generated has been quite flattering, including the production of shoe phones by others, resulting in an instructibles article and the first shoe phone on ebay.
Perhaps what is most surprising is that no one had actually made a working shoe phone before. But now that cat has been let out of the bag ...
Upcoming Shoe Phone Events
The shoe phone will appear on or at:
On TV in Canada/USA again (probably some time in May)
Would you believe that a shoe phone is safer than metal cutlery?
Well, the Civil Aviation Authority thinks so. Post 9/11 we can't take metal cutlery into the cabin of a plane,
but I have received authority to wear the shoe phone while flying from Adelaide, Australia to San Francisco, USA:
[Credit: Alasdair McLellan]
There is a serious side to this stunt, in that as technology progresses ubiquitous computing will continue to become
more common, and it is important that society understands what is and what is not possible, and how ubiquitous computing
fits into a society that must also deal with issues such as our response to terrorism.
Remote Patient Care: The Serious Side Of Shoe Phones
A significant part of the shoe phone project is the potential medical applications, as summarised in this television report:
The many shoe-shaped telephones on the market (not wearable as a shoe; not a mobile telephone).
The most interesting recent development I have seen is the 22nd of January 2009 report on
smuggling mobile telephones into prisons in a variety of
ways, including in the heels of shoes. While the covert nature does provide a parallel to functional shoe phones, the telephones were only transported in the shoes.
Therefore, it is my belief that the following shoe phones represent the world's first real, and fully functional shoe phones.
Generation 2 Shoe Phone (all electronics distributed between two shoes)
Together with the Generation 1 shoe phone, this shoe phone was constructed as a prop for a church camp,
after which I realised the potential medical applications of the shoe phone.
I'll be uploading some more images of this shoe phone here in the near future, but for now, here are a few pictures. I have also created an
Generation 1 Shoe Phone (blue tooth headset in shoe; phone in pocket)