July 30, 2014
These shoes are made for innovation.
Indian startup Ducere Technologies Pvt has developed shoes that will sync up “with a smartphone that uses Google Maps and vibrate to tell users when and where to turn to reach their destination.” This is an exciting breakthrough in wearable technology.
Ducere initially developed the shoes to help the blind who rely on walking canes. While the cane can help the visually impaired detect, it cannot tell where to turn. “That’s where we come in and fill the void,” said cofounder and CEO Krispian Lawrence, 30, in a recent interview.
While testing the shoes, the company realized their potential for the sighted as well. People can add destinations and as they move, the buzzing in their shoes will let them know when to turn. It can also track distances and calories burned, taking wearable technology to the next level.
“The shoes are a natural extension of the human body,” says Lawrence. “You will leave your house without your watch or wristband, but you will never leave your house without your shoes.”
Ducere is expected to start selling its Bluetooth-enabled Lechal shoes for more than $100 a pair in September. The company already has orders for 25,000 pairs and expects to sell 100,000 by March.
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