Dominic Wilcox has created a pair of shoes that can understand a GPS location and beam lights on the shoe’s surface to guide you home.
Centuries before air travel was feasible, our ancestors travelled on ships. These ships took them to far off lands and helped set up commerce and transport between different areas. In that world without technology, the crew of the ship could navigate their way across rough seas and find their destination using the alignment of the twinkling stars. The stars would communicate the distance travelled and the directions needed to be taken to reach a particular location. Dominic Wilcox has produced a pair of shoes that can do what the stars did, help us find our way back home.
Dominic Wilcox was inspired by Dorothy, the central character of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and her longing to go back to her home in Kansas. The innovative project, ‘No Place Like Home’, also derives its title from the movie. The shoes use a myriad of technologies including GPS, Audrino and compass modules to get a fix on your location and ferry you back to where you live. You need to upload a destination using mapping software, made specifically for the project, and a USB cable. The GPS is enabled by clicking the heel of the shoes together. The shoe then instructs the user with the help of the LED lights. The right shoe has a bar of lights that predicts the distance left to cover where as the right shows the direction to be taken. Following these LED lights, you can direct yourself safely to any destination.
The pair of shoes looks pretty neat and they serve a great function. The shoes may seem redundant in the age of the smartphone and various map-based applications. But imagine those nights of drunken stupor when you can’t even operate your fly, let alone your phone. The shoes can serve as a handy watchdog that can guide you safe and sound to home, sweet home.