The latest wearable is from Ducere Technologies under their brand Lechal which apparently in Hindi translates as “take me there” or optionally “let’s go”. The company is of Indian origin, founded in 2011, and the product they describe as interactive haptic footwear.
Originally developed for the visually impaired its wider application to joggers bikers and walkers was recognised and additional facilities including distance measurement and calorific burn have been incorporated.
In our words a smartphone app using Google maps links to sensors in the shoes/insole, via bluetooth, and having set a location the shoe will guide you there through vibrations to each of your feet at appropriate direction changes. Additional functionality is also incorporated.
Apparently they are due to start shipping in September this year at a cost of a bit over $100.
We are uncertain as to UK availability.
We’ll leave you with their video:
Sources: All Things D, Ducere Technologies and Lechal