The smartshoe could be the next big thing in wearable technology, said Dhanya Ann Thoppil at The Wall Street Journal. Indian startup Ducere Technologies has developed a wireless-enabled shoe called the Lechal that it plans to start selling in September for $100 a pair. Thanks to Bluetooth technology that syncs with a smartphone app, the shoes use Google Maps to vibrate and "tell users when and where to turn to reach their destination." Developers originally envisioned the shoes as a tool to help the blind, but they soon realized the technology could benefit the sighted as well.
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