HI-TEC NAV­I­GA­TOR HIK­ING BOOTS

R1 999, hi-tec.co.za

Getaway (South Africa) - - On Track -

Noth­ing is safe from the tide of wear­able tech, not even your toes. The lat­est in­no­va­tion from HiTec takes nav­i­ga­tion to a new level by com­bin­ing it with a hik­ing boot. Ba­si­cally, two chargeable pods em­bed­ded in your shoes (one per shoe, be­neath the sole) con­nect to your phone via Blue­tooth, where a nav­i­ga­tion app sends sig­nals to your feet, telling you when to turn. You en­ter the des­ti­na­tion and then fol­low the vi­bra­tion. We took them on a hike up Cape Town’s Lion Head peak to test this out. Af­ter in­putting the des­ti­na­tion we fol­lowed our feet – vi­bra­tion be­neath right for right turn, left for left – and made it to the top. Though we used it on a trail, it could also be great in a for­eign city, when you don’t want to be glanc­ing at your phone reg­u­larly. They’re also rel­a­tively light, con­sid­er­ing there’s a nav­i­ga­tion pod in each one.

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