What does the future hold for sneaker aficionados? If London-based material researcher and designer Shamees Aden has her way, we’ll no longer have to worry about scuffing our footwear, as our kicks would be 3D printed with synthetic biological material — or protocells — that could regenerate overnight. No, those protocells aren’t alive, but they but can be combined to create living organisms. According to Aden, “The cells have the capability to inflate and deflate and to respond to pressure.” But because of their special properties, the second-skin shoes would need a little more maintenance than your typical sneaker. “You would take the trainers home and you would have to care for it as if it was a plant,” Aden says, “making sure it has the natural resources needed to rejuvenate the cells.” She added the concept footwear could become reality by 2050.
via: The Verge