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Sometimes you absolutely need to keep your phone a secret. You know, like when you’re on spy missions. The goons at the door will always frisk you, but they never check under your shoe, right? [mikeyberman] shows us how to make our own Maxwell Smart style shoe phone. All you need is to dig a giant hole in your shoe sole and cram a cell phone in there. Will it get ruined by water? Probably. Will you look like a goon trying to talk on it? Definitely. Can you make it through airport security? Try it and let us know.

Comments

  1. BigD145 says:

    Horrible job on this. Where’s the movable heel?

  2. Chris says:

    it’s not a movable heel, bigd145, it’s a removable sole. now, i was considering embedding a bluetooth headset in a shoe, so it would work with any phone, just would loose dialing ability there.

  3. crizo says:

    You’d also lose the “hide the phone in the shoe” ability.

  4. kraze_eye says:

    Can you play basketball with it?

  5. narced off says:

    I’ve watched this site deteriorate over the last coupla years, seen a lot of negative comments & refrained from making any as I really thought you guys were trying. This, however, may be an all-time low. Fine for Instructables, that site has a fair amount of crap mixed in with the good, something for everyone, but does “butcher shoe, hack off phne aerial, insert in shoe” really even need a mention here, it’s actually got me really angry seeing the lows being stooped to

  6. mikeB says:

    OMG this is the most complex highly sophisticated hack I have ever seen it must have taken years if not decades to even contemplate the very idea.. yet not only did someone figure it out they actually did it too… omw why didn’t I think of this all those years of watching “get smart” all I had to do was “get smart” and I couldn’t even do that… by golly.. I’m gona get me some smarts and figure out how to carve a hole in something and stuff a phone in it…

  7. omikun says:

    You have to take off your shoes and have it go through the xray machine when you go through the airport, so it gets scanned whether you try to hide it or not. Of course, no one cares about phones going through security, but they might if you try to hide it in a shoe.

  8. edocronian says:

    if anyone manages to get this through airport baggage checks and onto the plane and DOESNT get torn to pieces I’ll give you my lifetime acumulation of airmiles. (currently 247 at the time of writing)

  9. dan says:

    some people should carve a hole in their shoe and stick a sense of humour in there!

  10. fractalrock says:

    Ah c’mon guys and gals, take it easy. Yes, a shoe-phone is dumb and juvenile and definitely not a hack…but I know there are countless times something like this makes a synapse connect in my brain, and I can then apply the idea elsewhere.

    Granted, I probably won’t use the shoe-phone paradigm in any of my projects, but somebody else might.

    I would personally rather have something useless like this to look at than nothing at all. Let’s save our fury for any twitter-related posts.

  11. fractalrock says:

    BTW…yes, I know…the shoe-phone could be used to twitter.

  12. stunmonkey says:

    I have to agree with some of the above commentary. This is just freaking sad beyond words.
    This used to be a brilliant hack site, then it degraded to simply reposting semi-relevant crap off instructables, now it isn’t even trying at all.

    WTF happened to you guys?

  13. djrussell says:

    hacking fail

  14. uncivlengr says:

    “Will it get ruined by water? Probably.”

    actually, probably not, because it will already be ruined by the first step you take, unless you’re tiptoeing around (which I guess is what spies might be doing anyway).

    this is a “hack” insofar as he hacked up a pair of shoes… beyond that there’s no merit to it whatsoever.

  15. hum4n says:

    I put rockets on my shoes. and wings. i fell down and it blew up. Then my dad hit me.

  16. narced off says:

    @dan:
    I do try & maintain a sense of humour, maybe I’m just jealous coz all my shoes have holes in ‘em :D

    @fractalrock:
    point taken :) If I had the ingenuity/skill to come up with something useful myself it might make my strop-off more valid, eh? :) As it stands I have no particular skills or training, just a strong interest in tech & hacks/modding, your comment did make me open my eyes a bit & see that it could spark an idea for someone :) Just seems a bit sub-standard

  17. Howlshigh says:

    So gonna try this for the comedy factor… phone rings, man stops and removes shoe and starts talking to shoe… Brilliant… absolutly love it…

  18. mikeyberman says:

    uncivlengr, the phone is recessed enough not to be damaged unless you’re walking on rocks… and no-one wears black business shoes on rocks.

    Anyway, this one was a crappy rushed model. I’m working on a Shoe-Phone 2.0, which basically just looks like a shoe. The phone will be concealed inside the heel, and the speaker, mic, and three buttons will all be moved. If I can work out how to, I’ll add a port to plug in the screen.

    And howlshigh, that’s why it was used in Get Smart :) Someone made a shoe-phone a couple of months ago, he said that it once rung while driving… that’d be awkward

  19. gabriel says:

    agree with the poster about site going down and negative comments, this is my 3rd or so.

    please, do like /. and create an idle section.

  20. nubie says:

    Are we talking the original get smart? Or the travesty that is the new get smart?

    Steve carrel may be an ok actor, but unfortunately he thinks he is a comedian. Worse still he isn’t even funny playing the “straight man” part.

    Oh, shoe with cell phone, right.

    I liked it when Smart was playing golf and got himself on the spikes when he answered the phone :)

  21. Arthur says:

    I Have always thought that “Hacks” were more about good ideas as opposed to having a shiny implementation.

    Someone may take this idea and run with it.

  22. beanfarmer says:

    i thought this was just funny, people getting so up in arms about this “not being a hack” well so what, its a bit of light humour chill out

  23. DarthTSA says:

    No it wont… because the shoe you need needs to have a rased heel and in rased heel shoes there will be a metal shank in the bottom of the shoe that will set the walk though metal detector off.

    so when you take your shoes off and put it in the X-ray its going to look very suss. and most likely miss your plane… and other nasty stuff….

  24. giveaphuk says:

    network is ‘optus’ .. must be an aussie shoe phone!

  25. mikeyberman says:

    DarthTSA, the shoe I used didn’t have any metal… however now that it has a phone in it, it’d set off a metal detector…

    It’d definitely look suspicious passing through an X-Ray scanner, but if you were lucky the guy could just think it’s a shoe put on top of a cell phone. But it’s probably not worth testing it out

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  27. blargh! says:

    enclose the phone in some xray sheilding maybe? then use that sheilding as the phone antena. do the same thing to the other shoe, sans the phone so they don’t look odd.

  28. Alan says:

    Watch out for water puddles or mud. :)

    What you need is bluetooth (as mentioned) for the mic and speaker, but add a rotary dialer to make calls just like the original.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/ExcessHollywood/popup?id=3153849&contentIndex=1&page=2&start=false

  29. mikeyberman says:

    I’d absolutely love a rotary dialer, but i’m nowhere near good enough to make one…

    Dr Paul Gardener-Stephen (http://g-s.es/ShoePhone/) is working on one though… can’t wait to see what comes of it.

  30. walt says:

    ha! nice one hackaday. you really need to warn us before you pull a funny like this. for a second I thought this was supposed to be a real hack. hahaha (I’m crying on the inside. please stop posting crap like this)

  31. weasel says:

    (Trying to stay on the positive side, very hard)
    I’d rather use a flip phone in this case. Who wants to accidently dial a number while walking?

  32. Anonymous says:

    successful troll is successful

  33. Mastro Gippo says:

    C’mon, it’s not that bad. It made me want to build one, you know, in case someone kidnaps me.

  34. thekanester says:

    Just as well I haven’t submitted (and I’m serious here) my ‘wireless slipper mouse’, where you control a mouse hacked into a pair of slippers, with the LMB beneath the big toe, so you can handsfree surf while eating your dinner…

    footwear haters!

  35. strider_mt2k says:

    They should simply have a new motto:

    Hackaday: Any kind of hack any kind of day.

    See? problem solved.

    now you go dry those tears right on up little missy.

  36. Rasti says:

    I think your sense of humor is great !
    Probably is needed to be filed under “Humor” category tough.

  37. Marv says:

    Richard Reid, a British passenger on the Boeing 767, was trying to light a fuse protruding from his shoe.
    Someone like Richard Reid, could use the cell phone to set off a bomb, if he made to the plane! Someone said, use x-ray shielding with lead. As you know, security is not perfect! This is just info. I love your hacks including this one!

  38. fartface says:

    Um wow…

    cheap phone, cheap shoes, and glue = a hack?

    how about cutting the slot so you can fit a razr inside the heel and then a piece of rubber to close the hole to make a REAL spy shoe? Cripes the phone is almost dead as you’ve been walking off the buttons and face. at least make a cover of rubber that is the size and shape of the heel!

    what’s next. a ethernet switch in a teddy bear?

  39. Old Number 7 says:

    This site isn’t what it used to be.

    Remember:
    GM ONstar GPS hacking?
    DIY Projector from LCD panel
    Extend cables cheaply via CAT5
    DIY Slushy machine via garborator

    I used to read this site and get fired up and excited about what to build / hack next. Now I feel kind of sorry for it.

  40. strider_mt2k says:

    No, but I have been trying to disguise a tiny shoe I’m gluing into a slot I gouged in my phone.

    when I’m done I shoud be able to talk to my shoe and no one will be the wiser, because they’ll think I’m really on the phone.

    -but i won’t be.
    I’ll be talking to my tiny shoe.
    It understands.

  41. andar_b says:

    “My butt just hung up on you, sorry.” :p

    Reference to anti-butt-dialing blackberry commercial.

  42. MRE says:

    @arthur:

    “Someone may take this idea and run with it.”

    That killed me.

  43. MRE says:

    @fartface:
    “what’s next. a ethernet switch in a teddy bear?”

    Long live teddy-net.

  44. Greg says:

    Strider,
    You made my day. My shoe talks to me too. (that is normal, right?) Have a sense of humor for allah’s sake. (“allah being a test of your sense of humor, of course”)

    For the record, I have submitted a “hack”. It was possibly even a little better than this, but it was only related to fabricating a box for shipping live corals. It was largely off topic for this site. After all, who here is interested in saving the reef?

  45. mikeB says:

    @greg
    I dont think this site Considers anything we send in I think that they just take crap from instructables and repost the garbage here.. with the exception of Eliot Phillips he actual digs for good stuff and finds real hackers… hack a day needs to clone him..

    I send stuff all the time ..ok I admit I’m jealous I work hard and send my stuff then they post this.. enough said

  46. strider_mt2k says:

    I’m all for saving the reef, but only until I get off of work. ;)

  47. stunmonkey says:

    This is enough. If this is now just a derivative reposting site, and only reposting lame stuff at that, it no longer needs to be on my toolbar. Hackaday off, Instructables on. I’ll see everything sooner that way anyway.
    What a fucking waste of a good site concept.

  48. andrew says:

    this can be used for cheating during standardized testing? When they collect phones you can say you don’t have yours on you. Go to the restroom and BAM, phone-away.

  49. kimster says:

    If I step in dogshit, y’all are gettin’ rolled into voicemail. I don’t care if it is an emergency, I ain’t answering…

  50. supershwa says:

    tomorrow’s hackaday topic will be on handsfree phone kits: http://www.all4humor.com/images/files/Hands%20Free%20Phone.jpg

    you’re fired caleb!

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