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September 20, 2012

GPS Shoes Show You the Way Home

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

When it comes to GPS there are more uses popping up for the technology all the time. Global Positioning Systems technology used to have a solely military use. Of course, it has been years since the GPS moved into the consumer gadgets industry but it has hit a sort of brick wall since then. 

There are always more things to use it for but for the most part these uses are all some variation of the original. British designer Dominic Wilcox has apparently come up with an original use for GPS technology with the creation of a pair of GPS guided shoes.

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GPS has been used in a lot of different ways, including allowing emergency responders to find someone who had actually made the call but could not state where they were. Of course, at its core, most people use their GPS to find their way home, wherever that may be.  Wilcox has taken the famous line “There’s no place like home” to the next, highly technological level.

Wilcox’s shoes are actually in the prototype stage but seem to be working well in what they are supposed to be doing. Each shoe communicates wirelessly with the other and gives the wearer directions on how to get from one place to the next using built in GPS receivers. 

There is an included software package that will allow you to put in the location of your home or other destination into the shoes. Perhaps the best partabout these shoes is that Wilcox has actually built a bit of an homage to Dorothy herself. In order to fire up the GPS technology, the wearer has to click their heels together. Sadly, Wilcox was unable to build in a need to actually repeat the magical phrase as well.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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