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The IoT enabled footwear help families monitor elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease

Japanese company Yamanashi System Inn Nakagomi recently launched a GPS-enabled shoe to help families track the whereabouts of their elderly loved ones.

The shoes look like any other shoe that a senior might wear, but come equipped with a tiny GPS device hidden in the heel of each shoe. The device will send family members and caretakers a message when the shoe-sporting senior wanders outside of a pre-set geo-fence perimeter. The device also sends family members a text message when its batteries are about to expire. The designers hope that the device will lend family members peace of mind; studies show that some 60 percent of patients with Alzheimer’s will become confused, wander off, and become lost.

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