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Electronic Ballet Slippers Turn Dancer’s Movements into Digital Paintings

Designer Ledia Trubat has conceived E-Traces, a pair of electronic ballet slippers that make drawings form the dancer’s movements. To do this she focused on the ballet shoes themselves, which through the contact with the ground, and thanks to Lilypad Arduino technology, record the pressure and movement of the dancer’s feet and send a signal to an electronic device. A special application will then allow users to show this data graphically and even customize it to suit each user, through the different functions of this app.


The user can then view all the moves made in video format, extract images and even print them. Dancers can interpret their own movements and correct them or compare them with the movements of other dancers, as graphs created with motion may be the same or different depending on the type of movements executed and the correction of the steps and body position.


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