SLICTECH

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URBAN ICE SPIKES

SlicTech addresses the problematic icy winter urban commuting problems often found in midwestern cities.

 SlicTech creates a system of hide away ice spikes designed for the urban commuter in climates with harsh winters.

SlicTech creates a system of hide away ice spikes designed for the urban commuter in climates with harsh winters.

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IMAGINE THIS...

Many of us have been there before.

The shoe

The concept for this shoe came after I took a very serious spill down my street trying to commute to the city bus. The final decision to pursue a urban ice spike was when interviewing the neighborhood mailman who has a hard time not only walking outside but has a issue when he decides to actually wear ice spikes and is unable to enter tiled entrance ways for apartment buildings with out sliding around. SlicTech addresses both of these problems by having retractable spikes that are easy for transitioning between materials.

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Step 1

First you must flip down the tab on the front of the shoe. This should be easy to do with the rear of the opposite shoe.

 
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Step 3

Pulling on the tab will then pull out the spikes allowing for use on ice. When you are done with the spikes you simply kick the tab back in to close the spikes.

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Step 2

Once you flip down the tab you use your opposite foot to step on the tab while pulling your foot backwards.

 
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PROCESS

Ideation + Research

The most annoying part about winter is the difference between outdoor and indoor conditions. This involves taking a jacket indoors, getting salt and snow on your shoes and bringing it inside,and having uncomfortably warm feet all day or bringing a change of shoes.
— MYSTERY FEMALE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION COMMUTER
 

I CREATED A GENERAL “WINTER” SURVEY THAT HAPPENED WHILE NARROWING DOWN MY STUDY ON WHICH OF THE MANY PROBLEMS OF WINTER TO ADDRESS. SEE THE QUALITATIVE DATA BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW.

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BIO-MIMICRY

THE POLAR BEAR

The polar bear’s claws are fascinating in the way that they are somewhat retracted into the toes until they are needed. When needed the polar bear then releases the claws helping to grip on slick surfaces.

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