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Smart Shoes- The Next Big Thing in Wearable Technology

Smart Shoes- The Next Big Thing in Wearable Technology
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Move over smart glasses and smart watches! It’s time for smart shoes! In India, people might not be able to get their hands on Google Glass yet, but they surely will be the first to get the chance of using smart shoes, which might turn out to be the next thing in wearable technology. Ducere Technologies, Pvt. Ltd., a startup in India will soon start selling these shoes which have Bluetooth enabled in them. They are named as LECHAL shoes and will be helpful for all users. The best thing about these shoes is that they can be worn by people who are visually impaired.

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 Idea behind the Smart Shoes

The startup was founded by two graduates Krispian Lawrence and Anirudh Sharma, from the University of Michigan and MIT respectively. The initial idea behind the development of the smart shoes was to help out people who were visually impaired. The name LECHAL is a Hindi word which means ‘take me along’. They wanted to come out with something which could help blind people walking with a cane.

While the cane would help them to find out obstacles, it won’t guide them in the proper direction. That’s what these shoes are helpful for. With intuitive shoe vibrations, the users can be guided in the right direction and they will be able to know when to make their turn and in which way to go.

Suitable for All

While the initial idea was developed for the blind, the shoes have also turned out to be helpful for those are able to see properly. Joggers, tourists, mountain bikers can easily use these smart shoes to get the required direction. They just need to plug in their destinations before starting their journey and the vibrations in the right or left shoe will guide them in the right path.

That’s not all; LECHAL shoes can also be used as fitness activity trackers. They can keep a track on the total distance that the wearers run or walk and calculate the calories burnt.

How do they work?

The shoes sync up with Google maps app for smartphones. They vibrate to give users the information of when and where to turn so that they can reach their destination. The shoes can help in navigation, as fitness trackers as well as information providers. The insoles are removable, can be washed easily and they fit with any shoes.

The inserts and shoes will be priced between $100 and $150 and will come in two colors- red and black. People will be able to buy these smart shoes in September.

What do you think?

Do you think these smart shoes will be bigger than other wearable devices? Will you be ordering the LECHAL shoes? Share your views in the comments below.

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Christopher Jackson is an editor at Augmented Reality Trends and brings 8 years of experience with him. He lives in Dallas and writes about all things augmented reality, virtual reality and other related technologies.If you have any questions about our website you can find Christopher on Google+ or get in touch via Twitter (@chris_jacksonAR)

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