These shoes help you get lost. If you know where you want to go, they'll make sure you don't get there. Drifting for the age of information glut.
Interactive footwear / Acrylic, arduino and foam / Exhibited as part of the Continuum Transfunctioner show at Exhibit 320 / 2010
These are shoes which with the help of a GPS, some java code and a LED and vibrator, helps discovering new and unknown places in the city. It has a button for the wearer to store familiar / known locations and then while walking, it guides the walk towards locations that might be possibly unknown.
It divides the city into KNOWN LOCATIONS, KNOWN NEIGHBOURHOODS (the area surrounding a location) and UNKNOWN AREAS. The LED in the shoe blinks red when in a known location, blue in a known neighbourhood and green in an unknown area.
The vibrator vibrates with increasing intensity as the wearer walks towards a KNOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD or LOCATION.
Drifting, the art of getting lost in a city is increasingly becoming more and more difficult. Cities are planned and communicated through maps and software for commuting, for getting from point A to B in the shortest possible time. Streets and urban areas recede into the background, become mere backdrops to other activities and events. A way to use locative technology to get lost, to be dis-located was the idea behind the project. In a way it re-introduces drifting as a metaphor for the age of information glut.