An idea, that was developed to bring out the best in an item of daily use — the shoe. Assembled in a small room in Hyderabad, the world’s first Haptic Feedback Smart Shoe, gives vision to millions of visually challenged across the world, to navigate through the sense of touch.
- The shoe works on patterns of vibrations. The shoe uses an individual’s sense of touch to convey information to, and about the user through patterns of vibration.
- Under the brand name Lechal, these shoes and insoles provide directions through vibrations for the visually challenged.
- Ducere Technologies has pioneered the world’s first haptic feedback smart shoe, founded by Krispian Lawrence.
- The shoes guides the users through noisy & crowded streets.
- The shoe can be linked to a smartphone through Bluetooth via the Lechal app that uses Google Maps to provide navigational directions towards the destination one wants to reach.
- This innovation has combated the problems of navigation & interaction. “There is no language in touch. It is tactile and intuitive. Thus, it is accessible and responsive,” says Lawrence, CEO of Ducere Technologies.
- Slowly, the product has become effective navigation tool for the visually challenged.
- As the market for the product expanded, today, this product is useful for one and all as it also has the ability to measure the fitness levels, steps one walked / ran and other metric.
In India, wearable technology platforms are beginning to find increasing consumer acceptance and funding. Ducere Technologies is now focusing on designing a software developing kit that will allow different companies to connect with the shoe through their app. India has over 70 million people, who are visually-impaired, and an innovation like this is a boon for them.
Sources: Outlook Business / ET
Photo Credits: Lechal