India-based Ducere Technologies plans to start selling their Lechal 'smart shoes", which link to the Google Maps app on a smartphone via Bluetooth, sometime in September.
So what can a "smart shoe" do that others cannot? According to the Lechal website, the shoes can link to the Google Maps app and, via both Bluetooth and haptic hardware built into the shoe, let their wearers know where to walk next. If a person has a pre-set destination for their walking or running path, the shoe vibrates when a turn needs to be made.
Lechal will also sell insoles for people who have shoes that they don't want to get rid of but still want to turn them into a "smart shoe". Other applications for the Lechal products include counting steps for fitness apps and even a way to alert smartphone owners if they lose or misplace their device.
The prices for the shoes and insoles will be between $100 and $150 a pair. The company claims, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that they already have pre-orders for 25,000 pairs and plan to sell 100,000 units by March in India.
What do you think of this idea for a "smart shoe"?