What a wizard idea! Dorothy style shoes that use GPS technology to guide you home
10:47 GMT, 5 October 2012
Wizard Of Oz fans can now guide themselves home with GPS slippers
Fans of The Wizard Of Oz have long been enchanted by Dorothy's ruby slippers- when she clicked them together three times, they returned her safely home to Kansas.
Now modern-day technology has brought us closer to the real thing: designer Dominic Wilcox has created shoes with GPS (global positioning system) technology which send the wearer in the direction of home.
They have an inbuilt compass and flashing arrows in the left shoe to guide the wearer, and the right show has a gauge to measure how far the walker still has to go.
Before setting off, the shoes must be synced to a computer and the wearer's home address typed in.
originally from Sunderland, says: 'When I decided to make shoes that
can lead you home, I thought about the Wizard Of Oz and how Dorothy
could simply click her shoes.'
hopes the shoes will soon be available in shops- and that wearers will
express their gratitude to Dorothy by shouting 'there's no place like
home!' as they set off after a night out.
DOROTHY'S RUBY SLIPPERS ARE COMING TO LONDON
The original Ruby Slippers that Judy Garland a.k.a Dorothy made famous are coming to London all
This is a replica of the famous red slippers
the way from the U.S.
They will find their home at the upcoming Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
On loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, the iconic pair will also be joined by Dorothy's blue-and-white gingham dress.
The pair of slippers is just one of four in existence and have been loaned exclusively to the V&A for a limited time only, but Wizard Of Oz fans, do not despair because a replica of the slippers will be on display after the originals return to their home in Washington.
It is alleged that Dorothy's slippers were originally silver, but were resigned to be red as they contrasted better against the yellow brick road.
Hollywood Costume, sponsored by Harry Winston, opens at the V&A on 20 October 2012.