College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-06 06:17:56


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

MECE 497-002

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2023


Running shoe pedometer aims to solve the issue of worn out running shoes. It can be difficult to know just how many miles you have run in your shoes and when a new pair is needed. Running in old shoes and worn out shoes is heavily linked to injury. My proposed project is a device that is powered by the compressive forces on the shoes soles that counts the number of steps the wearer takes using a microcontroller. Then, when the shoe reaches milestone that indicate it has been used 75% 90% and 100% of its expected life, it will output the information to the user. In order to output the wear life of the shoes to the user, a series of color changing chemical reactions will be used. These reactions will most likely be acid/base with some type of indicator or an electrochromic material. These color changes will allow the user to see that their shoes are worn out. The device should be extremely low cost so that it can be built into a running shoe and disposed of when the shoe is worn out.

Research Sponsor

Dave Peters

First Reader

Osama Alkhateeb

Second Reader

Scott Sawyer

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dane Quinn

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Not sure who my honors faculty advisor is.



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