Wearable (s) are the new thing in the mobile phone industry right now. Almost all manufacturers are working or have launched a wearable device. There are smartwatches, then there is Google Glass and it is said that Samsung is working on Gear VR, a headset for virtual reality, but here comes the unexpected. Ducere Technologies, an Indian startup announced a new Smartshoe . Yes, you heard right, a smartshoe dubbed the Lechal shoe.
Lechal shoes will be Bluetooth enabled and will pair with a smartphone. The company will also launch a complementary shoe app, which will use Google Maps to allow you to browse with the smartshoe. The vibrator shoe to inform users when and where to turn. You will need to use the smartphone app to set the destination and there will be a buzz in the left or right shoe to let you know the right direction. Lechal's smartshoe will be compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Looks pretty good, eh?
Watch this video to get a better idea of the product.
Ducere Technologies was started in 2011 by two engineers, who previously worked and studied in the United States. The company now has 50 employees and is based in Secunderabad in Telangana. Krispian Lawrence, CEO and co-founder of the company, said: "Shoes are a natural extension of the human body. You will leave your home without your watch or strap, but you will never leave home without your shoes. " Lawrence had already worked as a patent attorney in the United States and used the experience to obtain 24 international and Indian patents for Lechal Smartshoe.
Initially, the company had designed these shoes to help the blind, but during the tests, the company realized that these shoes could also be useful for sightings. Joggers, travelers and mountain bikers can simply set their destination on their smartphone and then rely on the shoe to guide them.
The name Lechal shoes derives from the Hindi phrase "Le chal", which means "take me with me".
Along with navigation, the smartshoe will be equipped with fitness-based features. You will be able to set your goals, count your steps and monitor calories burned. There will also be a chance to share fitness milestones. "Shoes can be used as a more accurate way to record distance traveled and calories burned." The companion app will also offer unique gestures for unique features and you will be able to move around the app using only two buttons.
Not all. Lechal shoes will notify you when your phone is not in the immediate vicinity. The app will also inform you of places that may interest you near your location. There will also be customization options, customizable shoe vibration density, notification alerts and more.
Lechal shoes are destined to hit the Indian market starting in September 2014 and shoes with removable insoles they cost between $ 100 and $ 150 . While the shoe and insoles were designed by Ducere in India, they will be produced in China. The shoe will come in red and black. The company is also collaborating with non-profit organizations and eye institutions to obtain Lechal shoes for the visually impaired at affordable prices.
The smartshoe available for pre-order and you can get more details on the official website of the company.
Although Lechal shoes are perfect for visually impaired people, we are not too sure of its use for sighted people, considering that Google Maps offers voice-guided navigation. Well, we would certainly like to try it and you never know, it could be quite useful.
Tell us, what do you think of the Lechal spark, how we love to hear you.