|GPS Hidden in Your Shoes
By: Cindy Wendland
GPS has become such a commonplace use of technology. We use it many ways in our daily lives. Many of us may not even remember that GPS stands for global positioning system because it is such a common term. We thought technology had really made it when GPS running watches were available that allowed us to have a somewhat small device on our wrists to monitor our route and pace. Navigation devices use GPS and those devices were very popular in cars for a few years. Now most smartphones have GPS enabled so people get directions via their phone. GPS has a new interesting application – in shoes.
For a refresher, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the U.S. Department of Defense. GPS was originally intended for military applications, but in the 1980s, the government made the system available for civilian use. Since then it has been so much easier to get around and find things. Technology is really exciting when it solves a problem or makes life easier. The newest GPS shoes accomplish this.
GPS Shoes by GTX Corp and Aetrex help track people suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Sometimes people with these conditions wander off and get lost. The shoes contain a miniaturized GPS tracking chip embedded in the insoles. The person wearing the shoes can be tracked via smartphone or computer. As long as they wear shoes when they leave the house, it will be easy to locate them. That reduces a lot of stress for the caregiver.
Think of all the other applications. Some parents put leashes on their children in the mall. We’re not a big fan of this practice, but putting a GPS device in their shoes (as a precaution only) makes a lot more sense. What about teenagers or people being watched by private investigators. If someone gives you a new pair of shoes, thank them and then check the insoles!
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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