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Converse Exhibit Their Hacked Shoes

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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Earlier this year the hacker community had their tummies rubbed by Converse who invited them to mod their Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Tops in the name of their new Google+ page. We went along to get a closer look at their creations.

There was a strange mix of work from eccentric artists, fine artists and hackers who simply fancied themselves as Borg fashion designers.

Seb Royce’s creation was our clear favourite. He wanted to attack the problem of high-rise graffiti. He devised a unique solution involving a long pole, a servo motor connected to the pole, a shoe connected to the servo motor and a spray can connected to the shoe. The shoes were beautiful, if utterly unwearable.

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Created for scientific explorers, super/collider’s Converse Chucks combine an SI-29BG Russian Military Geiger counter with a personal alarm to detect and warn you of radioactivity on the ground and in the air

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The Good Chuck lets you to do good simply by walking (video).

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Doug’s team fused Arduino and app tech to create a totally customisable sneaker made entirely of woven LEDs (video).

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The people at Shotopop took a classic Chuck Tailor All Star Sneaker and hacked it to make this: “SHIP JUST GOT REAL”.

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We’ve seen just about every part of the Chuck hacked before… but rarely the sole. Our only Canadian team used 3D printing to create a 100% customizable footprint.

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A fully automated, retractable robotic arm integrated into a paint loaded Chuck Taylor sneaker – so you can tag the walls others can’t reach.

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BBH London hacked a Chuck that creates digital art from your feet.

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BBDO’s shoes allow you to program lights in motion on the side of your Chuck.

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Posted 20th Nov 2013
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