ShoeBeDoBeDoo : Brain Reps 3

Peter Mucha, our Guest Blogger, is an online editor and writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who shares more of his zany ideas on . He thought the readers of may enjoy discussing the process of inventing. Here's his article:

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Shoes have untapped potential.

Add a readout to tell you your weight and you have the Scale Shoe. (Called it "Step This Weigh" on my blog.)

Add music and you have a girl's idea that was too hastily rejected by American Inventor.

We've all seen movies with switchblade shoes (stiletto heels!) and cartoons with scrub-brush-bottomed shoes.

Brain Reps! Let's see how many ideas we can horn into shoes!

Shoes goes everywhere, so why not let them carry stuff?

Secret Compartment Shoe.

The Pocket Shoe.

Add other electronics: The Mini Microwave Shoe. (With Automatic Shutoff Odor Detector so no stinky feet near that breakfast sandwich.)

The Radar Shoe for blind people.

The Shoe Cam for finding change, getting a different perspective on life, and maybe spotting snakes or peeking under bushes while on hikes. (Uh-oh! Tough to skirt the potential perv-enabling problem.) So put cams on underwater rubber shoes, to spot shells, sharp objects, toe-pinching crabs and skulking sharks.

Here's one I like: The Nutcracker Shoe. Got some walnuts or filberts that need shellshock? Load your sole and crunch, crunch, crunch, done!

Great for multitasking chefs? Nope, can't see the Pizza Cutting Shoe. Not even for a Guinness record-setting pie.

But how about the Sprinkler Shoe? Fill a backpack tank, and as you mow you water or fertilize your lawn.

The Weather Station Shoe could tell you how hot the pavement is in summer, how cold in winter, pick up forecasts, measure barometic pressure and humidity, calculate lightning distances, beam built-in fog lights, and most of all, be so superinsulated you're lightning-proof. Actually, sounds all wet to me.

Actually, what we all want most: Levitation Shoes.

OK, we haven't exactly upstaged Maxwell Smart, the secret agent who used a shoe phone. But what if we crammed all sorts of electronics, from cams to scales to TV set to toe-beam flashlight?

Would we have the equivalent of an i-Phone Shoe?

Or cram everything in there, including weapons, magifying glass, vacuum, bug spray and corkscrew. You'd have the Swiss Army Shoe. Gee, with one of each of those, why, what reason would be left for walking?

Peter Mucha
Guest Blogger