‘Moonwalker’ Robotic Shoes to Be Unveiled at CES 2024

Shift Robotics’ wheeled design uses AI to monitor a user’s gait and provide individualized support

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

December 26, 2023

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Moonwalkers robotic shoes
Shift Robotics

CES is coming up and innovators from around the world are gearing up to showcase their tech, at the annual event featuring more than 3,500 exhibitors. CES 2024 takes place Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas. 

Robotic shoes developer Shift Robotics will be there and is set to unveil its latest ‘Moonwalker’ robotic shoes at this year’s event.

The shoes leverage AI to measure a user’s step 100 times each second, providing individualized support to a wearer to improve performance and safety, with a particular focus on users who spend the majority of their work days on their feet.

Designed with several wheels at the base, the shoes can swap between static and wheeled, working like regular shoes or roller skates depending on the terrain and user’s choice.

The company says the shoes increase a wearer's walking speed by up to 250%.

"After more than a month of testing and evaluating Moonwalkers in their facility in Jacksonville, Florida, one customer found that warehouse workers responsible for shipping products more than doubled their productivity by wearing Moonwalkers," said Xunjie Zhang, Shift Robotics’ CEO. "Comparably, a lengthy internal study by a global household goods retailer in one of its mid-sized stores in Scandinavia found that Moonwalkers save over 360 hours per year per employee.

"Moonwalkers transform walking for all users, from employees to consumers. Our AI-informed software tracks the Gait Cycle of each user to make near-instantaneous changes to the performance of these robotic shoes. And in business settings, the outcome is not only the ability to walk up to 3X faster than normal but productivity boosts of two times or more."

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About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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