Smart shoes are getting some traction in the market and this has lead most of us to go and hunt for one. But unlike smartwatch and trackers, one cannot change the bands and has to wear the same shoes every time. Well, Lechal smart insoles are here to solve this problem by developing an insole that will make any shoes smart. This means that you can swap the insoles from one shoe to another without worrying about buying multiple smart shoes and at the outset, this seems like a wise and economic option. Wondering what Lechal means, well it means “take me along” in Hindi.

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The Lechal insoles make use of GPS, haptic feedback along with an array of other sensors in order to determine your fitness level and also show the places you have been to. That’s not all, by pairing the soles with the app one can also get signals on where to go, this means that you no more need to pull out your phone to access the GPS. This is how the guidance works, in case you are supposed to take a left turn the insole sends specific vibrations to your feet. The vibrations are unique for each type of signals including turns and rerouting.

lechal_smart_insoles_2Moreover, the app also lets you set milestones or checkpoints and after crossing each one of them the soles will vibrate. This feature will go a long way in motivating the users to achieve fitness goals. Also, you can download offline maps and use the entire functionality of the GPS features without having to rely on connectivity. The companion app also lets you mark certain places of interest while you are taking your morning walk or maybe you can share the coordinates with your friends. In a nutshell, the Lechal Insoles records your exact path of travel and will also ensure you can do many things en route. One can charge the inserts by plugging in a USB cable.

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Beyond the tracking functionality the soles also offer step count, calories burnt, and a notification for every milestone you set. The maker of Lechal insoles touts the step counter feature as very accurate and if it says 10,000 steps it means 10,000 steps. The Lechal Smart Insoles are already up on the Amazon Launchpad and can be purchased at $180 (Rs 6,999) a pair. The companion app is available for both iOS and Android.


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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.