Airline launches vibrating shoes to help people navigate towns and cities


A ‘smart-shoe’ has been unveiled which claims to help guide people around unfamiliar places.

Sensors in the sneaker shoe vibrate to tell people which way to turn when walking the streets.

The sensors are connected to a user’s smartphone via Bluetooth which in turn relays GPS data back to the shoes.

European budget airline, easyJet, is behind the venture and says it hopes to sell the vibrating sneakers direct to passengers on board flights.

The airline unveiled the ‘Sneakairs’ at an event in Barcelona where testers roamed around the city unaided by maps or looking at their phones.

In a statement, easyJet’s marketing director Peter Duffy, claimed users would be relaxed by the foot-buzzing experience.

“We are looking at making this technology available for purchase on board in the future, offering a very practical solution to those passengers who want to relax visiting a new place without the need of a map and enjoy every moment while they explore a new city.”

EasyJet has previously embraced wearable technology.

Last November, the airline unveiled airline uniforms for cabin crew and engineers which incorporated wearable technology.

The airline claimed the uniforms improved communication and passenger safety procedures.

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