15 thoughts on “Shoes That Tell You Where to Go

  1. Cool, I might want to mod this a little and put it in my motorycle boots, or maybe switch the haptics for some visual indicators inside my helmet. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do the phone connectivity.

    1. How about a headband with 30 contacts across your forehead that form a “tactile display” with the activation sequence inducing gesture like sensations on your skin?

    2. was thinking about this to (motorcycle use), but i suppose the simplest signaling would be to have two leds in my motorcycle helmet for left and right turns. Vibration from devices (eg. my applewatch) tends to gets lost in the overall dynamics that come with riding a bike ;)

  2. This has been done before, and the important feature seems to be that the shoes can still return “home” without a phone, using some undescribed localisation/mapping technology (I don’t see GPS or enough sensors for inertial navigation). That’s also what the direct data link seems to be required for (otherwise BLE would suffice).

    Last commit to the GitHub repository was 30 days ago, BTW.

  3. LISTER: He still feels. In fact, sometimes i think it’s cruel giving
    machines a personality. My mate Petersen once brought a pair of shoes
    with artificial intelligence. Smart Shoes, they were called. It was a
    neat idea. No matter how blind drunk you were, they would always get
    you home. Then he got ratted one night in Oslo, and woke up the next
    morning in Burma. See, the shoes got bored just going from his local
    to the flat. They wanted to see the world, man, y’know? He had a
    helluva job getting rid of them. No matter who he sold them to, they’d
    show up again the next day! He tried to shut them out, but they just
    kicked the door down, y’know?
    RIMMER: Is this true?
    LISTER: Yeah! Last thing he heard, they’d sort of, erm, robbed a car and
    drove it into a canal. They couldn’t steer, y’see.
    RIMMER: Really?!
    LISTER: Yeah. Petersen was really, really blown away by it. He went to
    see a preist. The preist told him, he said, it was alright, and all
    that, and the shoes were happy, and they’d gone to heaven. Y’see, it
    turns out shoes have soles.

  4. what must be the thinnest, most flexible LiPo currently available on Earth
    PGEB0083559 0.8 x 35 x 59 mm
    way to fact check HAD!
    PGEB0054018 0.5x40x18mm

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