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SuperShoes: Facilitating Urban Rediscovery

Despite the name, SuperShoes are actually a set of “smart” insoles. Choose a destination using your smartphone, and microcontrollers in the flexible silicone designs connect to an app, determining the best route and sending what creator Dhairya Dand calls “vibrotactile ticklers” to your feet to indicate directions. Dand, from MIT, originally wanted to encourage travelers to look at their phones less, but realized the device had bigger implications for everyday life. After learning your preference for sushi, for example, SuperShoes may walk you by a highly rated restaurant; or on accessing your to-do list, remind you when you are a near a location that’s relevant to an important task.

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