The Lechal Initiative Helps the Blind Feel their Direction

By: Meghan Young - Jul 28, 2014
References: lechal & psfk
Navigating a big world, not to mention smaller busy cities, can be a chore even for those with their eyesight intact; the visually-impaired footwear hopes to help the blind get around more easily and accurately. This visually-impaired footwear vibrates to signal what direction to go in. This is achieved through Bluetooth-enabled technology.

A great alternative to voice directions, which can complicate one of their most crucial senses, this visually-impaired footwear is part of the Lechal Intiative. Based in Andhra Pradesh, India, Lechal was founded by Krispian Lawrence and Anirudh Sharma, graduates of MIT and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Psfk reports, "Users can tag destinations by tapping their feet, share their route with friends, set fitness milestones and track their daily activity."