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Innovation of the Week

Innovation of the week: The smartshoe

The smartshoe could be the next big thing in wearable technology

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.