Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dominic Wilcox GPS shoes for the Global Footprint Project

Dominic Wilcox is a designer best known for works which straddle practicality, oddity, and humor. He was recently commissioned by the Global Footprint Project to design a pair of shoes. For inspiration he looked to Dorothy’s shoes in the Wizard of Oz and created a pair of GPS brogues. His Guide Me Home brogues can be coordinated and synced with a home computer, the left shoe points the way, while the right shoe meters the walker’s progress, with the hidden in the rear of the heel. The shoes are of course prototypes but do demonstrate the potential for wearable technology. The opportunity for designers to integrate micro-technology into the fabric of everyday human life is a string motivator. Curent wearable technology products are mainly in the fitness space, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Wearable tech will start permeating many other domains, including medical, entertainment, security, financial, and more. The more pervasive it becomes, the more important it is to advocate for products that are beautiful, peripheral, and meaningful. Only then will wearable technology achieve its full potential to enhance our lives, rather than disrupt, disconnect, and distract us.

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