Sunday, September 16, 2012

No Place Like Home GPS Shoes

British designer Dominic Wilcox was inspired by Dorothy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz and designed a pair of shoes with GPS function. The “No Place Like Home GPS Shoes” are programmed to guide a person back to their home. He made a bespoke pair of men’s leather shoes include a GPS receiver embedded in the left heel, with an antenna in a red tag attached to the back. Users must upload their preferred destination to the shoes via a custom-made mapping software and USB cable; then, to activate the GPS, they simply click their heels. Each toe box features a series of LED lights: The right shoe has a progress bar showing how far the wearer has to go, while the left shoe shows a ring of lights that points the wearer in the right direction. The shoes were commissioned as part of Northamptonshire, Global Footprint Project, which celebrates the county’s historic boot and shoe industry.

In deference to Dorothy’s red shoes the designer included red calf leather, stitching and laces.

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