We’ve previously covered GPS-embedded devices for tracking wandering patients via the government’s positioning satellites … but until it catches on, people will keep introducing new wrinkles. The latest is GPS-embedded sneakers, from entrepreneur Isaac Daniel. The Miami Herald has the story:
You can forget to carry your phone, and you can forget to wear a watch, but you can’t leave the house and forget to put on your shoes.
Daniel has developed shoes embedded with GPS technology that can locate the wearer anywhere in the world. His design allows wearers to press a button hidden near the shoe’s lace to send a distress signal.
The shoes are called Quantum Satellite Technology by his company, Isaac Daniel, and are planned to hit stores in March at a price of $325 to $350. Daniel said he is in talks with a large department store chain, but he would not reveal details until the deal is finalized. A limited number of shoes are available at isaacdaniel.com and will be delivered in February.
The technology can be adapted to constantly detect the whereabouts of Alzheimer’s patients, or EMS personnel, or that special someone you’ve been keeping tabs on. On that note, you’ve got to love the confidence of market researchers. Speaking on the topic of location-based services in phones, shoes, etc, the article goes on:
What’s keeping the industry from growing faster is consumer’s privacy concerns.
”People are concerned about location and privacy, and I think they have to get more comfortable with that,” Sudit said. “It’ll be six months to a year before that level of comfort is reached.”
Do you hear that, everyone? Prepare to get comfortable about your privacy, in a hurry!
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