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Heelix

Design Research Process

see HERE for user journey & research & prototyping.

 

overview

overview

running in circles (of pain)

In efforts to aid in injury prevention, a growing movement of transitioning to forefoot running from heel striking has introduced new shoe technologies to the market. Forefoot running is believed to be more efficient and has a lower likelihood of injury because of an less severe distribution of impact force.

brief

brief

stay in it for the long run

Instead of relaying on footwear technologies to drastically shift our gait, can we train rewire muscle memory to do so naturally?


brief

brief

The 3 types of gaits are heel strike, midfoot strike and forefoot strike.

the good

the good

Forefoot Striking: Foot lands directly below body so center of gravity remains on a vertical axis

the bad

the bad

Injury city: Over-striding causes the foot to land too far in front of the knee and encourages heel striking.

process

process

everyone take a lap

I assembled Ellen’s unofficial ID run club and we threw on our “shoes”. Jogs were filmed, interviews conducted, and rubber soles sliced through bandsaws. Some trials included:

1. Negative Drop heel to toe ratio

2. Sole without upper and kinesio-lines

3. Forefoot pad only demands forefoot strike

4. Scare tactics, no heel to land on

5. Built up midsole to roll off of

6. Pressure point between proprioceptors

7. Testing other pressure points

SE HERE FOR MORE UX TRIALS!

process

process

how does that feel?

Each prototype simulation stimulated a different sensory receptor on the bottom of the foot, consequently shifting entire running form.

process

process

graphic research and market concepts

results

results

Driven by UX Research with a focus on health and accessibility

Three pressure points stood out as having the greatest influence. (1) The area between the ball of the foot and big toe, (2) under the arch, (3) the edge of the heal.

The research behind Heelix examines the influence of minor haptic feedback on full body proprioception. To what extent can minimal, noninvasive pressure points or textures influence biomechanic alignment reactions?


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