Verily studying health-tracking shoes

Julie Spitzer - Print  | 

Alphabet's life sciences company Verily wants to embed health-tracking sensors in shoes, and is seeking partners to help, CNBC reports.

The shoes would monitor wearers' movement, weight and falls, people familiar with the project told the publication. Verily has reportedly shown potential partners a prototype of the shoe, but it's unclear whether the project is still active.

Health-tracking shoes could be used to identify sudden weight gain — a change that's sometimes indicative of water retention, a symptom of congestive heart failure, CNBC suggests.

Verily did not respond to CNBC's request for comment. Other projects Verily is working on include a stabilizing spoon, a smartwatch for clinical research and "smart" contact lenses.

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