Comfort Shoes With Embedded GPS to Keep Track of Alzheimer’s PatientsBy Quick, Darren; Gizmag,
Publication Date: October 26, 2011
Article features a shoe equipped with global positioning system (GPS) technology that allows real time tracking of the wearer. The GPS Shoe includes low power two-way GPS technology that continually tracks the location and movement history of the wearer and relays the information to a monitoring center through mobile networks. The wearer can then be located by logging into a secure internet portal or via a smartphone app. The system also allows caregivers to receive an alert on their smartphone or computer with a direct link to Google maps plotting the wearer’s location when the GPS Shoe moves outside a preset area. The GPS technology is protected inside a cavity made from a polycarbonate material placed in the midsole of the shoe. A product developed as a collaboration of comfort shoe manufacturer Aetrex and Personal Location Services company GTX Corp, the shoe has received certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is available commercially as of the fall of 2011.
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