"Shoe Goo" could take on a whole new meaning if designer and material researcher Shamees Aden's synthetic-biology running shoes become reality.
Her concept uses protocells that would be 3D-printed to the exact size of a person's foot and fit like a second skin. The material would react to the environment underfoot, providing more or less cushioning when needed. Protocells aren't technically alive, but can behave like living cells.
"Protocells is a form of synthetic biology that blurs the gap between the non-living and living," Aden wrote on her Web site. "Encouraging the emergence of life from lifeless liquid chemicals manufactured artificially in the laboratory could provide us the building blocks to create a new man-made nature."… Read more