The Boffin responsible writes "Maxwell Smart, the bumbling comic spy in the 1960s television series Get Smart, frequently used his 'shoe phone' to report his latest predicament to The Chief at CONTROL. Now a Flinders University computer scientist has combined the latest telecommunications components to produce the real thing.
While it was devised as a prop for an amateur theatre production, Flinders post-doctoral fellow in bioinformatics, Paul Gardner-Stephen, realized the concepts behind the shoe phone have potential for the development of biomedical devices." Link to Original Source
"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things
we don't know yet."