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Made with built-in sensors, these smart shoes will show you the way without consulting a map

While phones and GPS technology have made traveling and experiencing new places a lot easier and smarter, constantly staring at a screen while trying to get somewhere stops us from taking in the sights on the way there. To address this problem, European budget airline easyJet designed Sneakairs, prototype smart shoes that vibrate to provide directions.

Built using open-source hardware, each foot contains a Bluetooth module and a vibration motor similar to those in smartphones, all contained in a plastic case that also helps distribute the vibrations. The in-shoe components connect to the accompanying iOS app via Bluetooth and the app has a navigation aspect based on Google Maps and the Google Maps Directions API.

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