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Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Three years ago, we heard about a prototype shoe that could be used to guide the wearer via haptic feedback. Designed by Anirudh Sharma, who was then a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bangalore, India, the Lechal shoe was intended for use mainly by the blind. This week, however, Sharma and business partner Krispian Lawrence announced that the production version of the Lechal will soon be available for preorder, and it's aimed at helping all people navigate the city streets."
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Lechal Haptic Footwear Guides You by Buzzing Your Feet

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  • Am I the only one which misread this as "Lethal Haptic Footwear?"

  • And yes lethal does come to mind

    There are actually two Lechal products; In both cases, they work by communicating with the user's smartphone via Bluetooth.
    They are blind, something a bit easier to use - like my first thought that the shoes vibrated by themselves.

    If it uses GPS, how many old folks have you read about stranded in the country, driving down a railroad track, or at the edge of a cliff and they can see.

    Every bluetooth device has been hacked, puts a whole new spin on blind mans bluff.

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