Pairing up

Written by: Eureka! | Published:

We’ve all been there, you’re on your way out to a posh do and you need your best shoes, the ones that only ever see the light of day at the occasional wedding. But, where are they?

You curse the fact you keep forgetting to buy a shoe rack as you delve through a mountainous pile of shoes in the cupboard under the stairs. Finally, the left one is found! But the right one is nowhere to be seen? Shouldn’t this be easier?

The challenge

This month’s challenge is to come up with a high-tech way to keep your shoes in pairs, or at least make them easier to find. Perhaps a sensor-based – Internet of Shoes (IoS) – system is the way to go, or some sort of imaging technology? If you must go for a design based on a shoe rack, at least over-engineer it to be something like a robotic multi-storey car park or something.


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Coffee Time Challenge is just a bit of fun, but it is based on a real engineering solution. If you send in your ideas by using the comment button below, we can add your solution as an alternative – perhaps something funny, practical, cheap or, of course, innovative.

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