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2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Image 27)

"Smart shoes" at the Wearable Technology Fashion Show at the 2014 USA S&E Festival

A model at the Wearable Technology Fashion Show at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival demonstrates a "smart shoe," designed by the University of California (UC), Berkeley. The shoes are equipped with sensors that capture human walking behavior and provide information in real time for--and helpful applications to--rehabilitation of gait abnormalities and other health issues. The show provided a glimpse of clothing and wearable devices that monitor, respond to and/or communicate with the wearer. In addition to participating in the show, UC-Berkeley had an exhibit, "These Shoes Dont Just Look Smart--They Really Are," highlighting the functionality of their smart shoes. The exhibit was one of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) exhibits and stage shows at the festival that took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on April 25-27.

NSF was a partner in the festival, the nations largest celebration of science and engineering, where visitors eagerly engaged in hands-on activities and were amazed by the breadth of research and education projects supported by the agency. The festival expo provides an opportunity for NSF to showcase the innovation the agency supports throughout the U.S. and the projects and programs selected to represent NSF benefit from the opportunity to demonstrate the value of their activities and outcomes to a large national audience.

The goal of the festival is to reinvigorate the interest of the nations youth in science, technology, engineering and math by presenting these areas in an exciting, compelling, educational and entertaining manner. Now in its third year, the festival attracted an estimated 320,000 attendees.

A complete list of NSFs exhibits and stage shows is available Here. Images from the festival can also be viewed on NSF's Flickr site Here. (Date of Image: 2014) [Image 27 of 67 related images. See Image 28.]

Credit: Steve McNally, National Science Foundation

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