Wearable Tech Inspires a Shoe, Clothing Design Push

Tech-laden footwear and clothing arrives in stores
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Why walk around squinting into a tiny screen when your footwear can guide you to a desired destination? British artist Dominic Wilcox has created a pair of wingtips that do just that. Inspired by Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz, the shoes are outfitted with global positioning microchips that are activated when the heels are clicked together. Once the wearer’s chosen destination is uploaded by means of a USB port, LED lights on the toe of the left shoe point the wearer in the right direction while the tip of the right shoe gives a progress reading. “The technology isn’t shouting; it’s a sort of an additive making the shoe more useful,” says Wilcox, who is in talks with several companies to bring the shoes to market next year.

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