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Smart navigating shoes

Vibrating footwear is being introduced to guide walkers - especially visually impaired - and helping with fitness training.

The 'smart shoes' are called 'Lechal', which means 'take me there' in Hindi, and have been created by startup company Ducere Technologies in India.

The shoes work through a smartphone app and Google maps to give guidance without wearers having to glance at their smartphone - either the left or right shoe vibrates, indicating where one should turn. And users can tag locations, set destinations and stop or start navigation just by using simple foot gestures.

The haptic shoes were originally designed to help blind people better navigate whilst using an associated cane, but the company soon realised that they could have other uses.

Besides navigation, the shoes can help with fitness by tracking the number of steps taken - and wearers can use the app to set custom fitness goals and workout sessions.

The 'fashionable, stylish, durable, high quality and comfortable' shoes and insoles will be available in September for about $100 (~£60, €75). They will be compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

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  • 17 August 2014
  • RIN

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