Benjamin John Hall and his team are essentially the real life equivalent of James Bond’s Q.
For Benjamin’s latest series of footwear, entitled Laboratory 12 (taken from a secret poison laboratory of the KGB), he and his team comprised of Tangible Design Researcher, Nanda Khaorapapong, 3D print and CAD Designer, Martyn Carter and Architect and Material Scientist, Richard Beckett, have created everything from shoe’s that can detect radiation, release gas and even ignite.
This is some mad shit.
“Laboratory 12 is an experimental seven piece collection of footwear involving 3-D printed components and embedded technology combined with artisanal shoemaking. Shoes can be activated wirelessly from afar to perform tasks such as detecting radiation, recording sound, releasing a gas, DNA capture and even remote ignition. (Gunpowder Weaving ©). The project explores the possibilities of covertly integrating various computers into crafted objects without compromising design. Whilst the future of men’s bespoke footwear is also examined through a new construction combining traditional shoemaking methods with data scanning techniques used in 3-D printing.” – Benjamin John Hall
I love everything James Bond so this whole thing is next level for me. If you’re as geeked about this as I am, you can check out some of their insane, functioning concepts in the videos and images below.
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