The smartshoe: A much more sensible approach to wearable computing than Glass or a smartwatch

Lechal Smart Shoes Bring a Different Approach to Fitness Apps

Remember the days as a kid watching cartoons and TV shows where characters had all sorts of awesome wearable gadgets? When you compare the tech we actually had back them to what was in the creative minds of the TV writers the thought of strapping a 286 to your head was a little more than impractical. Thankfully, today things have moved on at a much faster pace than some of us thought, and now there are the Lechalsmart shoes!

Almost Maxwell Smart, but not quite, the development team at Ducere Technologies have crafted the innovative smart shoe. Even with a price tag of between $100 and $150, surprisingly, these are comparable to Google Glass although they are not inherently capable of anything like as capturing point-of-view video footage of extreme sports or your adventures. Powered by compact rechargeable and removable lithium-polymer batteries, we expect that they should be good for a couple of days of reasonable use.

Lechal smart shoes - The smartshoe: A much more sensible approach to wearable computing than Glass or a smartwatch

Available in two flavors, you can pick up the full shoe and insole, or go for the stripped back version of just the insoles that you can slip into your own shoes. What these hot little devices are able to do is connect via Bluetooth to your Android, iOS, or Windows device. The insole is jam-packed with the expected bevy of components and sensors that one would come to expect from a computer that is wearable, which allows the purpose-built app to accurately track the number of steps you have taken, and equate that to the number of calories you’ve burnt, and more.

Lechal smart shoes - The smartshoe: A much more sensible approach to wearable computing than Glass or a smartwatch

Something that sets the Lechaldevices apart from any other fitness product of this type is that the insoles can vibrate. And no, this isn’t a feature intended to give you a foot massage. When you slip these on and they pair with the app, the Lechal smart shoes do their usual health tracking thing and gather the data to let you know about your performance. You can also plan your route on the app and send it to the Lechal smart shoes, and here’s where the vibration comes in; while on your route if you need to turn left your left shoe will vibrate, and your right for a right turn – how cool is that!

Lechal smart shoes - The smartshoe: A much more sensible approach to wearable computing than Glass or a smartwatch

Given that this has replaced your need to constantly check Google Maps to see if you are still on route, this makes for a much more enjoyable experience, that and there will be no need for the Google Maps voice assistant to cut into your songs and talk to you while you’re in your groove. Imagine being able to interact with your smart shoes just through gestures.

The Lechal smart shoes will hit the shelves in September. Primarily, they are planned to be released in India, but we expect that it shouldn’t be long before you are able to pick up a pair in Europe or the US.

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