Lechal shoes and insoles work with Google Maps on your phone to buzz your feet when it’s time to turn.
The shoes sync over Bluetooth to an app that pulls your path from Google Maps. The shoes buzz to tell you which direction to turn. A buzzing right shoe means to hang a right. A buzzing left shoe means to go the other way. The shoes were originally designed to help people with visual impairments navigate more effectively, but the company’s founders soon realized there could be a much wider market.
Potential uses for the Lechal go beyond just getting somewhere. They can also be used to send proximity alerts to phones, notifying tourists of interesting landmarks nearby. The footwear will alert you should you accidentally try to leave your phone behind so you don’t get stuck out in the middle of nowhere. The shoes also aspire to work as a wearable fitness monitor, tracking steps and calories burned.
Lechal footwear was born out of a simple impulse to use technology to help the visually-impaired navigate their worlds better. This impulse continues to guide Lechal’s design philosophy and aesthetic, which is one that puts inclusivity and accessibility first.
Since we are as big on our karma quotient as we are on our cool quotient, we thought it only fitting that the proceeds from the sale of each pair of Lechal footwear go towards subsidising a pair for someone who is visually-challenged.
Ducere has partnered with the world-renowned L.V. Prasad Eye Institute to make this a reality.
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