In 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby slippers together to get back to Kansas. Now that it’s the the 21st century, people might soon be clicking their heels together to escape a terrible first Tinder date.
iStrategyLabs, the D.C.-based creative agency that also brought us the Twitter-controlled paintball gun, recently unveiled a prototype for Dorothy: wearable technology that lets you carry out various smartphone functions by simply clicking your heels together.
Dorothy consists of the “Ruby” (get it?), a bluetooth-enabled wearable device that clips onto the top of your shoe, and a smartphone app that lets you decide which of Dorothy’s functions you’d like your heel-clickin’ to accomplish.
Select “Receive a call,” and your foot movement will trigger a call to come in to your phone — perfect, as iStrategyLabs notes, for when you’re “stuck in an awkward situation, praying your phone would ring so you could politely extract yourself[.]”
Select “Text 3 friends,” and you’ll be able to stealthily send a message to three pre-selected pals, notifying them of your current location.
The company also writes, “Soon, we’ll be working toward summoning an Uber,” which sounds like it’d make for a fabulous stealthy getaway technique.
But Dorothy isn’t all about escaping blind dates; the website also says they’re working on a way to let you click your heels and automatically order a pizza, which, quite frankly, sounds amazing.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen innovation in the field of smart footwear. Back in July, we reported on Ducere Technologies’s Lechal shoes: bluetooth-enabled smart shoes that connect to Google Maps, and vibrate to give you directions as you’re walking.
Here’s a video of Dorothy in action: