Bluetooth Enabled Smart Shoes Give You Directions

Published 08/01 2014 01:39PM

Updated 08/01 2014 01:42PM

Item: Originally conceived as a way to assist the blind, Indian startup Ducere Technologies is about to introduce a new form of wearable into the world called Lechal Shoes.    Utilizing the Bluetooth sync, it uses a proprietary app that is fueled by Google Maps to tell the user which way to turn by vibrating the insoles on one side or the other in order to get them to their destination.

Why it Matters: Technology is changing the way we approach disabilities, and mind-reading technology is changing the way we approach behavioral disorders. However, what about blindness? Attempts to create a form of vision through surgery and technology have been groundbreaking; however, they are far from true sight. Still, the research is spawning new ideas. Innovation is moving out of the laboratory and into daily lives, helping people overcome obstacles and improving quality of life. While research pushes innovation to new frontiers, it also is putting innovative products into the hands of those who need them the most.

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