Puma had a computer chip built into its dumpy heel module to record calories, distance, and time. Now the company is offering a limited run of its 1986 RS-Computer running shoe. Runners will be able to connect the shoe using a 16-pin connector to any IBM PC, Apple IIE, or Commodore 64 to view their data. They would see an old-fashioned blue screen showing simple workout data on a PC loaded with special software. The new version keeps the original look but offers new features such as a 3-axis accelerometer, a USB port of charging, Bluetooth, and LED indicators to wirelessly connect the shoe to your phone.
Puma’s only releasing 86 individually numbered pairs will be sold at Puma stores in London, Berlin, and Tokyo. They will be available for customers on December 13th. Puma calls its RS-Computer shoes (RS stands for Running System) the “world’s first computerized running shoe”. It is noteworthy that Adidas released its Micropacer shoe 2-years earlier in 1984. They had the ability to record distance, running pace, and calories burned through a microsensor on the left toe.
It then displays the data on a screen on the shoe’s tongue. It didn’t have any ports to connect the shoes to a computer. However, the RS-Computers were undoubtedly ahead of their time. After all, we now have wearables to track our fitness data. The release of different models from Puma of its RS shoes over the years for fans of the nostalgic design. The RS-0 was released in the month of April and collaboration with Ader Error yielded the RS-100 refreshes the same blocky design with advanced colors.