SILENCIO

Step Smart Overshoe

The project

Step Smart Overshoe.

THE CHALLENGE
Tap dance shoes (tap, Irish step, Flamenco) have metal parts on the sole. Dancers ruin the floor surface where they practice and are very loud, causing a nuisance. Footwork is very bad for the joints and back, especially if the technique is poorly taught. The team’s hybrid educational tools and IoT wearables aim to solve these problems.

THE SOLUTION
To develop a flexible anti-shock & soundproof shoe sole cover for tap dance shoes applying advanced materials. The partnership will use the analogy of silicone horseshoes, the rubber anti-slip shoe cover, and the silicon shoe heel protector. The Project draws attention to the possible crossroads of digital culture and old cultural heritage. What can tech innovations do for art and well-being?

Zsuzsa Megyesi (Hungary)

Zsuzsanna Megyesi, art director and designer of DosGolpes and A+Z Design Studio and a hobby flamenco dancer based in Budapest and passionate about developing an EdTech/Health Kit of wearables devices for all types of tap dancers. 

ROSA DE LAS HERAS (Spain)

Rosa de Las Heras is a dancers, researcher and teacher who has a patented innovative system to note tapping and footwork rhythm.

Gabor Feher (Hungary)

Research software engineer, and lecturer at TU TMIT Department Budapest.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

Being a hobby flamenco dancer and an art director-designer myself travelling a lot, I realised that step dancers badly need some portable dance board they can use to practice anytime, anywhere. Having solved that part of the problem I had to face another problem: that we are very loud. Just like drum or trumpet players. You get on your family’s nerves, you neighbours complain. If a drum player  can have silicon drumstick mute why we dancers cannot have a silencer overshoe we can easily take on and off if we need to be on mute? Especially in the Post-Covid lockdown period, got stuck in your home taking zoom dance classes.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

I’ve been long experimenting to develop silencer layers you can apply to your mobile practicing dance board. I just never got satisfied. It was difficult to manufacture,  carry with you, a pain to ship to customers. What if the shoes themselves had a muter layer on the shoe sole not the board? It could be a so much smaller and lighter object.
Horses have joint friendly silicon horseshoes inserted into the metal horseshoe. Furniture legs have adhesive EVA or felt patches to make moving them less noisy and not to scratch the floor. Chair legs have silicon cups to mute. Amazing new, advanced polymer innovations are used for shock absorption in latest generation sneakers. Sneaker shoe sole technology, music instrument muter, sound proofing materials used in  interior design were my first threads to follow.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

I had a couple of key words in my mind: Overshoes, Advanced Polymers in Shoe Sole Technology, Sound Proofing materials. After a thorough research in each field and backing out from various dead end streets I’ve realised that aqua shoes and compression sleeves are our closest analogy regarding material use. Dog muffle is the closest object regarding the form of our high heel cover. Our biggest pain was that our shoe sole is not flat  (like that of a sneakers) plus we can only use thin layers otherwise we’ll change the mechanisms of the dance.  

THE COLLABORATION:

Being only a hobby flamenco dancer I needed a professional dancer, a music instructor who is open to innovative approaches. This is how I found Madrid based Rosa de Las Heras years ago whose innovative educational DVDs I’d used long before we first met in person in Madrid. We’ve both had very exciting innovative projects regarding dancing and wearables in mind, so it was a perfect match to work together. I’ve been collaborating on my smart portable dance board project with TU Budapest TMIT Department for more than two years now, so Gabor Feher, Istvan Godor and Istvan Halasz from Polymer Engineering Department TU Budapest were our third amazing partners with whom I could get continuous feedback from a highly different mindset.

THE FUTURE:

We’d like to offer a wide range of heathy, environmental friendly, highly innovative, time and cost effective step dance accessories which make practicing easier and more efficient and even accessible the elderly and deaf-and dumb people. ( Our other ongoing project is a wearable digital metronome) . We’ve been working on a new collaboration to create a high-end, green neoprene ( Yulex Lexcell) overshoe as well with another company. We’re collaborating with a diver/seaman from Lanzarote, who has a small wetsurf repair workshop with proper machines to work with used and cut off neoprene.
Rhythm is life. Rhythm training benefits all cognitive functions. The anti-aging effects of dancing is proven fact.

THE MESSAGE:

When tradition meets innovation it can give birth to incredible new things and can open new horizons. We respect articraft and traditional cultural heritage. We work on keeping all that we can build on as a base to strengthen our roots whereas constantly keeping an eye on technological innovations which could bring existing solutions to a new level.

Step smart.

With compassion. 

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The vase

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3D metal panels

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Minois

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STEM a garment production brand

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Minta

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NO/thing

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Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

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Vibro-Tactile Textiles

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LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

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WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

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EnaOna

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SEISMIC GARMENT

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Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

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Dimmenso

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Beaggie

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Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

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Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

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Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

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SILENCIO

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Re-Print Ceramics

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Vivid

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A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

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Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

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Fashion Colada

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SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

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SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

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Mocha Split

Reframd

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Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

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Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

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Gelatex x NO/AN

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Luxury Bag Collection

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Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

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Biolea

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Ultra

Ultra

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Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

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Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

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Fish_Fish

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Common Sands

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UCQC Inclusive

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i-Morfé

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3D knitwear on demand

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Lit Lace Interface

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iluTex

iluTex

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Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

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Unmoist Raincoat

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IOT Jacket & Robot

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Stars Collection

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The Ghost Bag

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M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

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Myhand Prosthetic Socket

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Oceanwear

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t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

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Curve

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Multifunctional Textiles

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KICS

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PreemieCme

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Fishskinlab

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Dynaback

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Esther Hates PVC

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Gardin

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Foldable High Heels

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Sustainable Acoustic Panels

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Edbora Collection

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Smart Heated Vest

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ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

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FWN: Family Wear Nature

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Spellbound

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Wear Pure

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