LECHAL: World’s first interactive haptic based footwear
Ducere Technologies launched the world’s first interactive haptic footwear under their wearable technology brand ‘LECHAL’ (pronounced lay-ch-al, meaning “take me there” in Hindi). Unveiling the brand LECHAL (an umbrella brand by Ducere Technologies for all wearable technologies), Krispian Lawrence, Co-Founder and CEO, Ducere Technologies, introduced two products, insoles and shoes.
Founded in 2011, the company aims to offer products that are intuitive and unobtrusive, facilitating every user to evolve to higher lifestyles, reaping the benefits of making technology work for them. The LECHAL product pack will include a pair of footwear (insoles or shoes), a Charger, an Application which can be downloaded on a smartphone (Android/IOS/Windows compatible). Pre-bookings for LECHAL can be made on www.lechal.com.
How does it work?
An app loaded on a smartphone pairs with the footwear via Bluetooth. The user interacts with the app and can set a destination. The phone’s GPS is used to calculate location data and the directions are conveyed to the user via haptics (simple vibrations) in the footwear.
‘LECHAL’ footwear counts your steps, and tracks your calories burnt. Through the App the user can set goals, create custom workout sessions and much more.
‘LECHAL’ footwear allows you to tag locations, set destinations, start/stop/pause navigation, and much more, all by executing simple foot gestures.
The footwear was initially designed to help the visually challenged with mobility through unobtrusive means; it was soon realized that this innovation can be useful for everyone. This thought was further developed to launch stylish footwear with interactive haptic based navigational system guiding the user towards their destination through simple vibrations in the footwear.
Another well meaning thought behind launching lifestyle tech enabled footwear, was to subsidize the cost of the footwear for the visually challenged. Higher sales of the stylish LECHAL footwear would substantially reduce the cost of footwear meant for the visually challenged, who can use the footwear to assist them in navigating their way on their own. Today, Ducere and its brand LECHAL, is recognized globally as an innovative brand in wearable technology, winning several awards & recognitions, including being presented at the world renowned TED conference in 2013.
A little bit more about LECHAL
It all began with two young friends passionate about tinkering and experimenting with design and engineering. Their passion opened up a new world of discovery, leading them to create LECHAL (pronounced lay-ch-al), the world’s first interactive haptic footwear, innovated in India and designed for EVERY ONE.
Spurred by this success, the duo, Krispian Lawrence, and Anirudh Sharma, graduates from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and MIT, respectively, founded Ducere Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in 2011, based in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
What started with two tinkerers in an apartment has now grown into a sizeable team comprising some of the brightest and most exceptional designers and engineers. Today, Ducere and its brand LECHAL (meaning ‘take me along’ in Hindi), is recognized globally as an innovative brand in wearable technology, winning several awards and recognitions, including being presented at the world renowned TED conference in 2013.
Delving deeper into the wearable technology space, Ducere’s vision is to deliver the “Ultimate User Experience, one crazy product after another”. Products that are intuitive and unobtrusive, facilitating every user to evolve to higher lifestyles, reaping the benefits of making technology work for them. Fashionable, stylish, durable, high qualities, comfortable, integrating technology in to lifestyle, are just some of the features of wearable tech products the team innovates.
Ducere’s informal work environment is very conducive to fostering the most innovative ideas. The Company’s strategy is to hire the best talent, inspire them to do their best work, and create products offering the best user experience. This sustains the Company’s ability to serially innovate.
And that’s not all! Ducere’s Team are not just passionate innovators, but also dream of making their products available for the benefit of all. Their innovative minds birthed a novel idea; for every customer who would buy a pair of the stylish LECHAL footwear, Ducere would subsidize the cost of one pair of the same footwear to a visually challenged person. The idea opens up a whole new buying experience for EVERY ONE!
Meet the Co-Founders
Co-Founder and CEO, Ducere Technologies
M.S in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
An Electronics engineer turned Patent Prosecutor. After living in the US for almost 13 years, Krispian left his lucrative job at one of the best Intellectual Property Law firms in the US, and moved to India to start Ducere Technologies with his friend and fellow tinkerer Anirudh Sharma. A tinkerer and design geek at heart, Krispian believes that technology should be integrated into one’s life without the hassle of being a device. It is with this belief that he and his team at Ducere innovate to develop one disruptive product after another.
Co-Founder and CTO, Ducere Technologies
M.S in Media Arts and Science, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
An Electronics engineer and serial innovator, Anirudh left his job as a researcher at HP Labs in India and teamed up with fellow co-founder Krispian Lawrence to develop and commercialize Lechal- the world’s first interactive haptic footwear.