After Mobile, looks like wearable technologies are going to the next trendsetters. We have already seen wearable gadgets like Google Glass and then Fin, now there is yet another wearable gadget which has started making some buzz.
Imagine yourself in a new city, and looking to find a good hotel, a marketplace or something else, what would you do? Either you would be checking your phone for the way, or will get a local map, and if not the two above, you might be asking people to help you with the way. It feels quite a painful task and annoying too, when one has to do it.
What if something helps you find your way with just a little vibration? Looks crazy, but this is something Ducere Technologies has done and created LECHAL, an interactive haptic based footwear to address this problem in an interesting way!
Initially developed to help people with visual impairments navigate the world, LECHAL called as “- lay-ch-al”, meaning “take me there” in Hindi, LECHAL footwear creates a hands-free navigation system through feet, guiding the wearer towards their destination through simple vibrations in their shoes or insoles.
It was soon realized that this innovation can be useful for everyone. This thought was further developed to launch stylish footwear with an interactive, haptic based navigational system guiding the user towards their destination through simple vibrations.
How does it work?
Navigation: An app loaded on a smartphone pairs with the footwear via Bluetooth. The user interacts with the app and can set a destination. The phone’s GPS is used to calculate location data and the directions are conveyed to the user via haptics (simple vibrations) in the footwear.