Wearable technology is growing at fast speeds and it’s not consisted only of smartwatches, as the market is slowly moving towards other devices that can be used with your smartphone in tandem. Indian-based Ducere has announced its line of smart shoes which come with navigation equipment inside.
The company has developed the Lechal interactive haptic footwear which hooks up to your smartphone and when you reach a junction, it then vibrates the left or right foot, telling you which turn you need to make. The smart shoes are said to launch in September, with the option of choosing between full shoes or just insoles that’ll fit inside your regular pair of kicks.
Of course, the smart shoes won’t sell for cheap and you can expect to pay $150 for a pair. By the way, as some of you might know, Lechal in Hindi means “take me along”, an expression used to help the blind who rely on walking canes.
Ducere’s smart shoes are Bluetooth enabled and sync up with a smartphone app that uses Google Maps. To get it up and running, you will just need to tell your phone where you want to go and just leave it in your pocket because. The smart shoes or insloes will then communicate with your smartphone and let you know when to turn left or right when you’re at a junction.
Ducere was started by two Indian engineers who had studied and worked in the U.S. in 2011 and has grown to 50 employees by now. Krispian Lawrence, co-founder and chief executive officer of the company, said the following:
“The shoes are a natural extension of the human body. You will leave your house without your watch or wristband, but you will never leave your house without your shoes.”
So, we can see that these smart shoes aren’t aimed just at runners but also at those visually impaired. As a matter of fact, most of the people suffering from these problems are in India. But, of course, joggers, mountain bikers, tourists and just regular users can use these innovative gadgets. They can also be used as a more accurate way to record distance traveled and calories burnt.
The Lechal shoes and inserts will come in red or black; the company already has orders for around 25,000 pairs. What do you think about this product? Would you be curious to try them out?