EasyJet Develops a Vibrating Smart Shoe to Help You Navigate a New City
Planes help you get to a destination, but one airline wants to help you navigate a new city in a rather unique way. European budget airline easyJet revealed its latest venture: “smart-shoe” technology involving vibrating sneakers that tell you when to turn.
Called “Sneakairs,” the shoes are connected to the user’s smartphone, which transmits GPS data to the footwear and causes either the left or right shoe to vibrate so you know when and where to turn. A prototype was tested during the Barcelona Street Project event, where testers walked to major landmarks without using a map.
"We are looking at making this technology available for purchase on board in the future, offering a very practical solution to those passengers who want to relax visiting a new place without the need of a map and enjoy every moment while they explore a new city,” said easyJet's marketing director Peter Duffy in a statement.
This isn’t the first time the company has developed wearable technology. In November they released new cabin crew uniforms that came complete with LED light systems displaying flight information and boasting microphones for emergencies.