A prototype of GPS shoes has been made by Dominic Wilcox in London to guide a person to his destination. The user can feed his intended destination and the GPS shoes will take him to the desired location with the help of LEDs that show the direction and distance. By getting the signal from the LEDs on top of both the shoes, the user can easily reach his destination. This new pair of shoes is a nice combination of design and technology.
GPS shoes have a software that stores the address of the destination. The right shoe has a straight vertical line of LED lights to show the distance left to be covered. There are five lights and they are lit up one by one as more distance is covered and then the last light turns on when walk ends and the person reaches the desired location. The left shoe, however, has a different pattren of LED lights. There is a circle of lights with one in the center of the circle as well. The circle is meant to point out the direction to walk. The LED in the center shows whether the connection with the satellite is maintained or not.
“I chose mini LED lights as they needed to be visible outdoor in sunlight. There were other alternatives like digital displays, but given the distance from the eyes, these LED’s seemed the best option,” Wilcox stated about the new prototype, as reported on digitaltrends.com.
The shoes have been designed in collaboration with Stamp Shoes, a Northampton shoe maker, and Becky Stewart, who is an expert in information technology. This effort is another step to utilize the latest technology in the daily life to create convenience and comfort for people living in the digital age.
The GPS shoes are titled “No Place Like Home” and made as homage to “The Wizard of Oz”.
“I thought about the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and Dorothy and how she clicks her heels three times to get home… I thought, ‘Is it possible to make that real in some way using the technology that we have?’” Wilcox explained about the concept, as reported on inquisitr.com.
The prototype works on embedded data and communication through wireless technology with sensors on the shoes. However, the future design could also include destination data from mobile devices and create even more convenience. Improvements can always be made to make a product more valuable and easy to use.