China’s Xiaomi adds US$32 ‘smart’ shoes to its smartphones, with a leg up from sportswear brand Li-Ning

Joggers already have their smartphone and smart watch. Next up: “smart” running shoes that include a module with sensors placed under the sole.

Huami Technology, a subsidiary of the Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi, revealed a pair of trainers on Thursday it produced in partnership with Chinese sportswear firm Li-Ning.

The so-called “smart” shoes can track data to show the distance covered, number of steps taken, calories burnt and other health-related information.

This will then be forwarded to Xiaomi’s Mi Fit app from a fitness tracker in the heel of the shoes via Bluetooth so that runners can analyse and share their performance on social media, Huami said.

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