EasyJet smart shoes vibrate to help wearers find their way
June 14, 2016
UK airline EasyJet has unveiled a prototype smart shoe – named the Sneakairs – which has built-in technology to help wearers explore new cities with ease, enabling them to take in their surroundings without getting lost.
The smart shoe incorporates technology that connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone app which uses the phone’s GPS and directs the wearer which way to walk by triggering small vibrating sensors within the shoe.
EasyJet is known for using technology to make travel easier for its 70 million passengers. Since last year the airline has been helping its passengers through the airport with its Mobile Host technology, a feature of its app that provides helpful guidance to passengers during their journey in the airport, including directions to the gate and timely information on gate numbers and luggage belts to make their journey that little bit more seamless.
The Sneakair prototype could be developed for its passengers to purchase on-board in the future.
Wearable technologies are not new to EasyJet. To coincide with its 20th birthday last November, the airline unveiled a world-first in airline uniforms by demonstrating wearable technology into cabin crew and engineers’ uniforms to improve communications and passenger safety procedures.
In recent years, it has embraced technology to help make passenger journeys easier and more seamless. The app is said to be the fastest airline app available and has now been downloaded more than 16 million times. Almost 100,000 passengers use mobile boarding passes each week.