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1. WO2011057142 - PROCÉDÉ ET APPAREIL DE COMMANDE DE TEMPÉRATURE D'ARTICLE CHAUSSANT

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Claims

What is claimed is:

1 . A temperature control system for footwear comprising:

a removable liner comprising a temperature control element adapted to alter the temperature of the footwear, wherein the removable liner comprises a first electrical contact;

a foot bed comprising a second electrical contact, wherein the first and second electrical contacts are adapted to couple to one another;

a power source adapted to provide power to the second electrical contact; and

a controller adapted to couple to the power source and control the

temperature control element.

2. The temperature control system of claim 1 , further comprising an actuator adapted to couple to the controller and activate the temperature control system.

3. The temperature control system of claim 2, wherein the power source, controller, and/or actuator are removably coupled to the footwear.

4. The temperature control system of claim 1 , wherein the temperature control system comprises a heating and/or cooling element and a substrate.

5. The temperature control system of claim 4, wherein the heating and/or cooling element comprises a metallic conductor.

6. The temperature control system of claim 5, wherein the metallic conductor comprises a FeCrAI alloy.

7. The temperature control system of claim 4, wherein the heating and/or cooling element comprises a piezoelectric or thermoelectric heater and/or cooler.

8. The temperature control system of claim 4, wherein the heating and/or cooling element is positioned in a toe region of the removable liner.

9. The temperature control system of claim 4, wherein the heating and/or cooling element is positioned in both a heel region and a toe region of the removable liner.

10. The temperature control system of claim 4, wherein the heating and/or cooling element is positioned to cover substantially all of a surface of the removable liner.

1 1 . The temperature control system of claim 4, wherein the substrate comprises cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) or polyimide (PI).

12. The temperature control system of claim 1 , wherein the first electrical contact comprises a first positive terminal and a first negative terminal, and wherein the second electrical contact comprises a second positive terminal and a second negative terminal.

13. The temperature control system of claim 12, wherein the second positive terminal and second negative terminal each has an area of at least 0.5 inches2.

14. The temperature control system of claim 1 , wherein the first and second electrical contacts comprise magnetic elements.

15. The temperature control system of claim 1 , wherein the first and second electrical contacts comprise male and female coupling elements.

16. The temperature control system of claim 15, wherein the first electrical contact comprises a male coupling element and the second electrical contact comprises a female coupling element.

17. The temperature control system of claim 1 , wherein the controller comprises an integrated circuit based system, wherein the controller is configured to regulate the current provided to the temperature control element by the power source.

18. The temperature control system of claim 1 , wherein the power source is a battery.

19. The temperature control system of claim 18, wherein the battery is

rechargeable.

20. The temperature control system of claim 18, wherein the controller is adapted to house the battery.

21 . The temperature control system of claim 1 , wherein the controller is programmable.

22. The temperature control system of claim 21 , wherein the controller comprises a USB port or micro USB port.

23. A temperature control system for footwear comprising:

a removable liner comprising a temperature control element adapted to alter the temperature of the footwear, wherein the removable liner comprises a first electrical contact;

a foot bed comprising a second electrical contact, wherein the first and second electrical contacts are adapted to couple to one another, and wherein the first and second electrical contacts comprise magnetic elements;

a power source adapted to provide power to the second electrical contact; a controller adapted to couple to the power source and control the

temperature control element; and

an actuator adapted to couple to the controller and activate the temperature control system, wherein the power source, controller, and actuator are removably coupled to the footwear upper.