The Newest (Haptic) Innovation in Shoes: Lechal

Sebastian Villate

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Lechal are insoles that work with almost any shoe and are a great demonstration of the capabilities of haptic technology. These insoles use vibrations to guide visually impaired pedestrians without the use of a cane or guide dog.

To use them, the user puts on their shoes and gives the shoes a command. For example, “take me home” is two taps on the top of the shoes. Once the user starts walking, small vibrations in the shoe will indicate for upcoming obstacles, when to lift their foot for a step or stairs, or even when to turn left, right or stop at a intersection.
Here is a short video that will show what Lechal is capable of:
This just shows that haptic technology has come a long way. But, it still has a long way to go.

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