Mother Tracks Backpacking Son via GPS

Mother Tracks Backpacking Son via GPS
Sam Biddle
  • 9 june 2009

One tech-savvy mother concerned by her teenage son’s upcoming gap year voyage across Australia, Thailand, and South Africa is outfitting him with a minuscule GPS tracker to keep tabs on him from home. The device, a 2″ thick transmitter called the Traakit, will determine the son’s position via four satellites and feed the information to his mother’s computer—and will even alert her via text if he ventures somewhere he shouldn’t.

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