Airline testing out smart navigation sneakers

Posted at 8:31 AM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 09:05:22-04

An airline carrier wants to help its passengers get around not only by air, but also on foot.

EasyJet is testing out smart kicks to help their passengers explore new destinations.

They're called "Sneakairs"--pun intended. 

The shoes are equipped with a small device that connects with your mobile phone using Bluetooth technology, according to a news release.

The idea is when you're navigating around a new place, instead of having your phone in front of your face with your map pulled up, the shoes will be your guide.

EasyJet says they used Google Maps' APIs to create their own navigation system.

The sensors apparently tap into your phone's GPS and signal you with shoe vibrations in either foot, directing you on which way to turn. Other vibration patterns will also alert you if you've missed a turn or when you arrive at your destination.

Right now, easyJet is just testing out the Sneakairs prototype. But, the company notes, they could one day be further developed for passengers to buy on future flights.