GPS Shoes – Shoes That Can Keep You From Getting Lost?
There’s a new trend in footwear and the makers working on this technology (some are still just prototypes) are hoping that they can guide you in the right direction, and prevent you from getting lost in new cities.
Anyone who’s used their IPhone (on mute), or even more similar, an Apple Watch to navigate from point A to point B is familiar with the buzzing and vibrating sensations that the devices emit to let you know that a turn is approaching, or to remind you to take out the trash. Well, now you can apply that technology to your footwear!
Some notable brands include SuperShoes, Lechal, and most recently, Sneakairs. These brands all offer this technology in their specific shoe styles but two of them also offer the technology in shoe inserts that can be used with existing pairs of shoes. All them pair with your smart phone using Bluetooth technology and pads placed strategically under the big and little toes.
SuperShoes requires users to register on their online platform ShoeCentral where you can enter your personal preferences for food, shopping, and hobbies. The shoes can then navigate you (per your direction) on the smart phone app, or send you suggestions as you near certain destinations. The wearer receives a tap or tickle on their left shoe to turn left, etc or both feet are tickled when a reminder goes off with your calendar and to-do list.
Lechal is another brand that offers either a complete set of shoes or polyurethane insoles, and work just like SuperShoes, allowing the person to walk screen-free as their shoes guide them. Lechal also offers a FitKit that counts steps, calories, and distance traveled. Additionally, Lechal notifies it’s wearer if they leave their phone behind; it will alert you if your phone is out of range.Â Lechal shoes are sold out but insoles are now available, starting at $159.00 USD.
Lastly, a European airliner entered the wearable technology space with their prototype – Sneakairs. They are also based on the haptic – or vibrating – alerts.
Would you enjoy touring a new city using wearable technology?