GPS Shoes Help Walk You Home
Click your heels three times in this pair of shoes and you'll find out there's no place like home.
Well, maybe there is. But these shoes will certainly help you get there.
London Designer Dominic Wilcox was commissioned by the Northamptonshire-based Global Footprint Project to create some custom shoes for them to highlight the regions rich history of shoemaking. He ended up taking an idea inspired by The Wizard Oz's ruby red slippers worn by Dorothy to prototype a pair of shoes that literally lead you on the right path home via GPS, some custom software and a few LEDs.
The idea is simple: Need to get somewhere? Simply input the address with the included software, plug in the pair of shoes via USB and wait for it to upload. Once complete, lace up your sleek pair of shoes and click your heels together to start your trip.
The heel of each of the shoes in hollowed out to hold most of the shoe's hardware and a trendy red tag extending out the back contains the GPS antenna. How do you know if you're heading in the right direction? On the toe of the left shoe there is a circle of lights that point you in the right direction. If the lights create a straight line, you obviously go straight. If they are pointing to the right, make a right turn, and so on.
When you begin, only one red light will be lit up. Once you've arrived at your destination, the final green light will light up and you can reset the system to your next destination.
Learn more about the projects inspiration and development at: http://www.dominicwilcox.com/gpsshoes.htm or watch the embedded video below to see it in action.