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These GPS Shoes Will Guide You Home

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A pair of shoes that will take you home, no matter how lost you get.

With the advent of smartphones, navigation units in cars, and Google Maps, it's almost impossible to get lost. Still, you don't have to tell us that it definitely does still happen. Sometimes you'll find yourself without any kind of map or technology to tell you where to go or how to get home. What if your shoes could get you home in these situations?

Gizmodo points to an invention by a British man named Dominic Wilcox. Dubbed the 'No Place Like Home GPS Shoes,' this project does exactly what it says on the tin. Commissioned by Global Footprint, a Northamptonshire-based visual arts and living heritage programme, and on display at Wilcox's exhibit at KK Outlet in London, the shoes promise to guide you home no matter where you are in the world.

 

Inspired by Dorothy's red slippers in the Wizard of Oz, Wilcox's shoes are activated with a heal click. The user uploads their destination (we suppose it wouldn't necessarily have to be home) to the shoes via a USB cable and custom mapping software. The right shoe has a progress bar that shows you how close you are to your destination and the left shoe sports a circle of lights that show you which direction to walk. The whole thing is powered by a battery not too different to a smartphone, and two Arduino microcontrollers.

Sadly, it doesn't look like these puppies will ever make it to the general market so for now you're stuck with making sure your phone is charged at all times. If you'd like to see more of them, though, you can hit up Dominic Wilcox's website.

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    freggo , September 20, 2012 1:09 PM
    If you are within walking distance of your home and can not find it you are probably also too drunk to upload (shouldn't it be DOWNload) data into your shoe :-)

    And if the data comes from a smart phone then there is prob. a Map App on there to begin with.
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    boju , September 20, 2012 1:11 PM
    blonds will still manage to walk into the sea
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    digiex , September 20, 2012 1:25 PM
    These GPS Shoes Will Guide You Home... or it will lead you to nowhere.
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    Vorador2 , September 20, 2012 1:43 PM
    Unless they can be used in a "so goddamned wasted can't tell left from right" state, they don't interest me.
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    sherlockwing , September 20, 2012 2:14 PM
    For it to help wasted people it needs like up to the hip leg braces on both legs.
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    dvo , September 20, 2012 2:18 PM
    you apparantly upload the data and have it all ready to go before you even leave your home. you upload it once and forget about it. then the day you find yourself lost somewhere, click your heals and it activates. kind of self explanatory really. it's not gonna require you to use a usb cable and upload data at the moment you find yourself drunk and lost. these would obviously also work if you're a cyclist or a runner and get farther from home than just 'walking distance' and then lose your way.

    Vorador2Unless they can be used in a "so goddamned wasted can't tell left from right" state, they don't interest me.

    maybe they should have a version that talks to you so you dont have to tell your left from right. lol.
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    aoneone , September 20, 2012 5:09 PM
    "Why don't you click your heels 3 times... and go back to Africa?" - 2003 Dave Chappelle
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    nikojagochi , September 20, 2012 5:13 PM
    This is super dumb.
    "Hey look I can stick my GPS and destroy a pair of shoes."

    1. If you can't find a way home in walking distance than you must have an amnesia, or a neurological disease.
    2. NO one looks at their shoes while they are walking, that looks odd and could be very dangerous.

    Though, the LED lights as a decoration look interesting. If I was 12 yrs old I would want LEDs on my shoes.
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    chewy1963 , September 20, 2012 9:16 PM
    freggoIf you are within walking distance of your home and can not find it you are probably also too drunk to upload (shouldn't it be DOWNload) data into your shoe :-)And if the data comes from a smart phone then there is prob. a Map App on there to begin with.


    Ummm, the article says you UPLOAD the location of home into the shoe (before hand) using USB. Then when you find yourself lost, you click your heels together and they will guide you home. You don't need your phone at all if you are lost. Read freggo read!
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    jackbling , September 20, 2012 10:41 PM
    mmmmm foot cancer
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    okibrian , September 21, 2012 12:08 AM
    Quote:
    If you are within walking distance of your home and can not find it you are probably also too drunk to upload (shouldn't it be DOWNload) data into your shoe :-)

    And if the data comes from a smart phone then there is prob. a Map App on there to begin with.


    You're on ANOTHER device and SEND data to your shoes, so that would make it upload.
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    Chairman Ray , September 21, 2012 5:16 AM
    What about people who don't have any feet? Will they make a wheelchair version as well?
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    Anshul Samaiyar , September 18, 2013 7:40 AM
    Really,
    this world is going way more better..
    I think that this would be the gadgets for the drunkers...
    LOL
    http://techsfuture.com/