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The Most-Funded 3-D Printed Kickstarter is a Pair of Custom Fit Sandals

12 April 2017

Using a smartphone app, consumers take photos of their own feet and an algorithm creates a custom-fitted sandal. Image credit: WiivvUsing a smartphone app, consumers take photos of their own feet and an algorithm creates a custom-fitted sandal. Image credit: Wiivv

Sure, Adidas just announced its fancy-dancy 3-D printed midsoles for the next-generation Futurecraft 4D shoes, but why go with sneakers when you can have sandals instead?

Wiivv Wearables, Inc. launched a Kickstarter campaign about roughly three weeks ago and with more than a week left on the crowd-funding platform it has already hit its goal. Maybe more significantly it is the most-funded 3-D printed Kickstarter in history, overtaking itself when it launched a campaign for custom fit 3-D printed insoles last year.

The customization of the sandals is an interesting twist to footwear. Using a smartphone and Wiivv’s capture app for iOS and Android, users point their camera at their feet and a computer algorithm pinpoints the length, width and arch support for each person. Oddly, it also involves using a folded up sheet of paper apparently for visual reference and snapping a photo of the side view of your foot, which might be a bit of challenge. Wiivv calls it a ninja shot but suggests using a wall as leverage.

Wiivv says a custom fit can help elevate foot pain, support those with flat feet and reduce the load on the arches of the foot.

In a statement on being the most-funded Kickstarter campaign for 3-D printing, Wiivv CEO and co-founder, Shamil Hargovan, took time to take a shot at Adidas and its plans on 3-D printed sneakers.

“I'm thrilled to see footwear innovation powerhouse, Adidas, experiment with 3-D-printed footwear,” Hargovan says. “However, we believe the true power of 3-D printing lies in the ability to customize it to you, unique to 14 billion feet. Wiivv has developed the technology to enable people to do this from their smartphone.”

If you want to get in on the crowd-sourced action for your own pair of nifty 3-D printed sandals, visit Wiivv’s Kickstarter:

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