Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Wearable Technology: GPS Shoes
A complication many people face living with Alzheimer's disease is they wander from familiar territory and get lost. This causes much worry to family and carers as well as put the at risk person in danger. Developers have produced a shoe embedded with Global Positioning System technology which tracks the location and movement history of its wearer. This information is in turn relayed to a monitoring centre through cellular networks. Concerned family members and friends can log in to a web site or receive alerts that will pinpoint the location of the person wearing the shoes. Dubbed “The Ambulator”, the prototype shoe was developed by GTX Corp., and Aetrex Worldwide. Plans are to market the shoes next spring. The shoes will cost approximately $300 (US) per pair plus a monthly monitoring fee at about $18 per month.