Wearable technology innovation creates polyurethane haptic shoe
Haptic shoe, TPU and polyurethane form Ducere’s Haptic Shoe – wearable technology for athletes and the visually-impaired
Secunderabad, India — Ducere Technologies has launched a wearable shoe which contains the technology to navigate walkers with a smartphone.
Lechal – Hindi for take me there – directs the wearer by buzzing instructions through the shoe’s material that the wearer can feel.
Lechal co-founder Krispian Lawrence explained that sensors built into the fabric tell the wearer where to turn.
The shoe’s material comprises 80% polyurethane and 20% TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) using technology from both Bayer MaterialScience and Dow Chemical.
“As you walk, the shoe vibrates on the side that you want to turn on.
“It’s very intuitive and the vibrations are light, like a tap on the shoulder,” said Lawrence adding that the vibration frequency increases as the user nears the point at which they need to turn.
According to Lawrence, all that is required is for the user to “set a destination, put the phone back in their pocket and then just start walking.”
Lechal has produced one line of complete set of shoes and another line of polyurethane insoles that can be put inside existing shoes. The electronics are located inside the insole.
The shoes can be paired to phones running iOS, Android and Windows devices and are expected to be priced around $100 (EUR134).