The computer chip inside the running shoe gauges how a runner's foot is hitting the ground and "tells" the motor if more or less cushioning is needed. The motor attaches with a wire to a plate in the heel. With more tension, the heel becomes more firm. With less tension, the heel becomes softer. A data storage device was attached during testing.
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