Say Goodbye to the Work Boots of Yesterday, and Hello to the Future!
Well, not your shoes exactly (yet). At the Mobile World Congress, a pair of rather remarkable work boots were unveiled that allow wearers to communicate via morse code being tapped with the toes. Developed by Sierra Wireless, these boots are meant for workers (miners, loggers etc.) that need to communicate to each other but may not necessarily have the hands free to do it in a more traditional way. Each boot is fitted with a SIM card, and a series of high-tech components that allow the person wearing it to send morse code messages with the tap of a toe. The message is then sent to managers and other workers on the team, vibrating and emitting a loud noise to let the wearer know communication is inbound. The communication method is similar to morse code and would require the wearer to learn the language to the point of being able to send messages and understand incoming messages easily.
While this may seem laughable, it is actually quite practical. Recent events (notably the Chilean mine collapse) have left workers stranded and unable to communicate effectively. Using GPS technology, these boots not only allow wearers to communicate remotely, but also can show real-time location data via Google Maps.
Not much more information is available as of yet, but it will be interesting to see how these progress in the industrial world.