By now you’ve probably heard about Google glasses and smart watches, but have you heard about smart shoes? You probably won’t be seeing them in North America anytime soon, but they are about to hit the streets of India. The shoe, produced by Indian startup Ducere Technologies Pvt., uses Bluetooth technology to help users navigate city streets. The shoes sync up with Google maps and vibrate to notify wearers when and where to turn to reach their destination.

 

There are 285 million visually impaired people in the world, and Ducere hopes that their shoe will help India’s visually impaired population maneuver through busy city streets. The shoe will also benefit tourists trying to navigate unfamiliar locations, as well as joggers and cyclists since the shoe can be used as an accurate way to record distance travelled and calories burned.

 

What do you think about the smart shoes? Do you think it is a useful product that could be successfully marketed outside of India? What other articles of clothing or accessories do you think could be made into smart technology, and how could they be used? Check out the article below for more information about the smart shoe, and let us know what your opinion is!

 

http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2014/07/24/indias-answer-to-google-glass-the-smartshoe/?mod=e2fb