Lechal interactive haptic footwear started as a easy sketch drawn by Anirudh Sharma again in 2010. The concept: footwear designed to unobtrusively help the visually impaired utilizing GPS navigation by way of haptic suggestions contained in the footwear themselves providing directional steerage invisibly. The Google Maps assisted footwear concept turned such an obsession it compelled Sharma to give up his job at Hewlett-Packard Labs to launch Ducere Technologies to flesh out the idea into “Le Chal”, Hindi for “take me there”.
Partnering with good friend, Krispian Lawrence, they tightened the identify to Lechal whereas they expanded the applied sciences built-in into the shoe. Now fitted with Bluetooth connectivity to sync with a navigation app for Android, iOS, or Windows, the Lechal footwear system is now being marketed past the visually impaired market to a wider viewers of sensible system wearers.
Haptic GPS navigation (e.g., left shoe vibrates, flip left, a block later the appropriate shoe vibrates, now flip proper), social proximity/route notification, every day bodily exercise monitoring, and calorie counting realign the Lechal as inclusively helpful for all (and because the insoles are detachable, the guts of the haptic/navigation system is transferable to different footwear choices).
Inside the Lechal’s polyurethane antibacterial insoles are two USB batteries powering the haptic system. The suitable wall charger operates utilizing finger-snaps and reviews charging ranges by way of audio tones.
Ducere Technologies is accepting pre-orders for the Lechal footwear and insoles now, with an anticipated ship date in September.
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