Shoes with in-built GPS to help Alzheimer’s patientsPublished On: Tue, Oct 16th, 2012 | Alzheimer's | By IANS
Shoes fitted with a miniature GPS system to locate Alzheimer’s patients have gone on sale in Britain.
The shoes enable the person with Alzheimer’s to be monitored remotely. The 250-pound shoes are fitted with a device – similar to those used in sat-nav systems found in cars.
Family members use an app downloaded to a smart phone or computer to find out the location of the missing person.
The GPS is implanted in the heel of the shoe. The device contains a battery, SIM card (that tracks the wearer) and an integrated chip to help the device function, Mail said.
The antenna and a USB connection to charge the shoes runs up the back heel of the shoe. The shoes need charging roughly every two days, a process that takes roughly two hours.