Gallery: Dominic Wilcox Unveils GPS Shoe That Guides You Home From Anyw...

 
Among the objects in Dominic Wilcox's personal Oddity Collections is a German map distance measuring curvimeter, designed to be worn on the wrist.

With Wilcox’s No Place Like Home shoes, the magic doesn’t come from clicking your heels twice but from GPS. Program your destination, and the leather footwear will tell you where to go. There’s a GPS receiver in the heel of the left shoe, and a circle of perforations reveal LEDs that light up to indicate the direction to travel. The right shoe indicates distance travelled, with a row of red LED lights that illuminate as the wearer gets closer to home. The leather soles are decorated with doodles of buildings and places in Wilcox’s signature style.

Made in collaboration with traditional English shoe maker Stamp Shoes and interactive art technologist Becky Stewart, the GPS shoes were commissioned as part of the Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire, in the East Midlands of England. The Global Footprint project invites artists and designers to explore the economic, cultural, social and environmental impact of the shoe and boots industry that once defined the county.

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