GPS Enabled Shoes Help Keep Track Of The Elderly

GPS Enabled Shoes Help Keep Track Of The Elderly

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

Lauren Garvey
  • 12 april 2016

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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