The SOULS (Specialized Orthotic Underfoot Lining Software) Insole Technology aims to prevent injuries from developing by analyzing a runner’s form, foot placement, and weight distribution with microsensors built into one’s shoes. The shoes include 20 air cushions surrounding the foot with microsensors on their surfaces, thin carbon fiber discs underneath each cushion region, and holes on the heel and toe to regulate cushion air pressure. From the data collected, the microsensors will determine while the runner is in motion if adjustments need to be made and they will tell the plates how to move in sync with the runner’s motion to correct any potential indicators of bad form, such as heel striking. The plates in turn move the cushions and provide support where needed. The microsensors also communicate with the air cushions, telling them how much pressure should be in each cushion to give the proper level of rigidity. These changes, unlike those with the discs, occur when the runner is not in motion. Finally, the shoes will report back to the SOULS app to give the user insights to his/her running form along with suggestions on how to improve it and further safeguard against injuries. The goal of SOULS Insole Technology is to protect the runner, but also correct any mechanical issues contributing to injuries and strengthen them by slowly weaning them off of support (thus, decreasing the risk of future injuries arising).
The SOULS Insole Technology website