Xiaomi, a company known for its line of affordable smartphones, as well as the Mi Band fitness wearable, is teaming up with Chinese sportswear company Li Ning to produce a line of "smart" footwear. Huami, the company responsible for the development of Xiaomi's Mi Band, will be responsible for developing the technology that will go into the smart shoes.
The shoes will sport a series of chips in the soles that will be tasked with keeping track of their form and progress, which will then be sent back to a mobile app through which users can view their results and achievements.
Mum's the word on any other details concerning a release date or price, but a statement from Li Ning indicates that the company is aiming for an affordable price point. From Reuters:
"We have chosen to collaborate with the Mi band because of Huami Technology's strength in "smart" wearable products," Li Ning said in a statement on Monday. "We hope to use this opportunity to provide professional "smart" running shoes to running enthusiasts in China at an affordable price."
Given that Xiaomi was able to offer up the Mi Band for a staggeringly low $13, we'd say creating an affordable connected shoe is easily within the company's grasp.