Puma RS-computer

This is a retro re-issue of original smart sneaker, but with loads of cool upgrades.

Back in 1986, Puma predated the fitness tracker concept by more than 30 years with its RS-Computer – a trainer that recorded distance travelled and calories burned on to a built-in computer chip, then enabled the owner to view their achievements on their Apple IIe or Commodore 64 (via a 16-bit connector).

Well, that trailblazing pump has now been relaunched with up-to-date technology. Puma stays true to the original eighties design with just a few minor tweaks, giving the sneaker a fresh new look.

Like wrist-worn trackers, it has a three-axis accelerometer that measures the number of steps taken to calculate your distance travelled and calories burned through the day.

Bluetooth now replaces that old wired connector, meaning data can be beamed directly to an Android or iOS device running the free RS Computer Shoe app. The new trainer also stores up to a whopping 30 days worth of stats. Two tiny lights show the battery status of the sneaker and whether you’re meeting your daily step count target.

What’s more 1980s than a pair of trainers with a computer in them? These things are totally rad. Don’t get too excited, though, as this special edition is limited to just 86 pairs.

Specs

R10 500, eu.puma.com

 

Runner up

Activewear brand Under Armour has produced the HOVR Phantom/ SE, a smart running shoe with a built-in tracker. You can activate the system by pairing the shoe with the MapMyRun app, which stores your performance data. R3 200

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