Health-Tech Gadgets: GPS Shoes


World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated on September 21 each year to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease which is a form of dementia that affects memory and impairs daily function. This condition is often regarded as a family disease due to the impact it has the relatives of the patient.

How many times have we seen a poster asking for help in finding a missing elderly person? Many times an Alzheimer sufferer would forget who and where they are and wonder away from home and get lost. Persons inflicted with Alzheimer’s are at great risk if they get lost; that is why a new brand of shoes has been created containing within them a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device.

Shoemaker Aetrex, with the help of GPS device makers GTX, is now selling GPS Shoes. The transmitter, embedded in the base of the right heel, tracks the user's location in real time and sends that data, at specified intervals, to a central monitoring station. The monthly tracking plan covers having that data sent to a personalized tracking website for caregivers to monitor should the user ever leave a specified zone.




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