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RUNVI – Digital Running Coach – SMART Insole for Athletic Performance

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In a nutshell

This case study sheds light on the remarkable endeavor led by a proficient team of Embedded Engineers in creating the groundbreaking SMART Shoe Insole. The project aimed to revolutionize athletic performance by harnessing advanced technology, including DSP algorithms and BLE, to craft a real-time running assistant. This study delves into the project’s timeline, team composition, technology, project requirements, as well as the challenges faced and goals achieved in creating an innovative SMART insole.

Project overview

Project Duration:

07.2018 – 12.2018

Team Setup:

2 x Embedded Engineers


integration DSP algorithms , BLE, Felx PCB, DSP integration in FW, Implement LED Language

Project Scope

The project’s primary requirements were centered around creating the SMART Insole, a revolutionary technology designed to enhance athletic performance. The requirements encompassed:

  • Real-Time Running Assistant: Developing a real-time running assistant embedded within the insole to provide instant coaching feedback.
  • Multi-Pressure Sensors: Integrating multi-pressure sensors to capture nuanced data from the athlete’s foot.
  • DSP Results Reporting: Leveraging DSP algorithms to process sensor data and report insightful coaching results over BLE.


needCode’s Embedded Engineers adopted a structured approach to achieve the project’s goals, while also facing certain challenges:

  • BLE Integration and Performance Reporting: Ensuring consistent and reliable performance reporting via BLE for accurate insights was a key challenge. Developing a robust BLE communication protocol to convey real-time coaching results furthered the goal of seamless connectivity and immediate feedback.
  • Advanced Integration: Integrating cutting-edge technologies like DSP algorithms and multi-pressure sensors into the SMART Insole.
  • DSP Algorithm Implementation: Incorporating DSP algorithms within the firmware to enhance performance and deliver real-time insights.
  • LED Language Incorporation: Implementing LED patterns to visually convey coaching and feedback cues required innovative thinking and technical expertise.

Business Impact

The SMART Insole project led to significant business outcomes:

  • Enhanced Athletic Performance: Equipping athletes with real-time coaching and feedback to optimize their training and performance.
  • Technological Advancement: Establishing the SMART Insole as a pioneering technology in athletic training, attracting attention and demand.
  • Data-Driven Insights: Empowering athletes with data-driven insights to enhance their training regimen and reach their potential.
  • Competitive Edge: Utilizing advanced technology, including DSP and BLE, to create a competitive advantage.

Results and Achievements

The concerted efforts of needCode’s Embedded Engineers yielded remarkable results:

  • Successful SMART Insole Creation: Development of the innovative SMART Insole, integrating DSP algorithms and BLE connectivity.
  • Multi-Pressure Sensor Integration: Successful integration of multi-pressure sensors to capture nuanced data.
  • LED Language Implementation: Incorporation of LED patterns to visually convey coaching feedback and device status
  • Reliable BLE Communication: Establishment of reliable BLE communication for accurate and timely coaching insights and data collection.


The dedication of the Embedded Engineers in creating the SMART Insole has revolutionized athletic performance. By seamlessly integrating advanced technology, including DSP algorithms, BLE connectivity, and multi-pressure sensors, they have redefined the way athletes optimize their training. This case study highlights the potential of technology-driven innovation in delivering real-time insights and enhancing user experiences. The SMART Insole stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, technical expertise, and innovation in addressing athletic challenges, driving business growth, and reshaping the landscape of athletic performance enhancement.

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