GPS shoes show you the way home

Posted to Data Art  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

Inspired by The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy clicks her heels to get home, artist Dominic Wilcox created “No Place Like Home,” a pair of GPS shoes to show you the way.

I was commissioned by the Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire, a place famous for shoe making, to create some shoes. I decided to make a pair of shoes that can navigate you to anywhere you wish to travel to. I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home. After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a piece of custom made mapping software and a USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heel, is activated by a heel click. It then communicates to the wearer via a ring of LED lights to point in the required direction. The shoe with the GPS wirelessly communicates with the right shoe that has a progress bar of lights to show how close you are to the destination.

Check out the video below for more on the project.

[via @feltron]

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