GPS tracking technology will join the telephone and the Internet in being recognized as one of the world’s most important inventions. Specifically, the GPS shoe designed by GTX Corp will be featured in an exhibit at Sweden’s National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm. The exhibit attempts to identify the 100 most important inventions of mankind and encompasses technological advances as well as medical developments such as vaccinations and antibiotics.
The GPS shoe is one of the greatest examples of GPS (originally a military tool) being adapted for civilian use. GTX Corp partnered with Aetrex Worldwide, a prominent footwear manufacturer, to bring GPS technology to the care-giving industry. Each pair of shoes contains a GPS tracker in the heel, which continually sends out a signal. On a website, that signal can be identified and pinpointed, allowing the wearer of the shoes to be quickly located.
This product has been valuable in enabling caregivers to keep track of people who are in danger of wandering away from safety. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia sufferers, as well as autistic young people, are particularly prone to leaving home without the knowledge of others. With the GTX Corp shoe, it is a simple matter to look up a wandering loved one’s signal, identify the exact location, and return him or her to safety.
The “100 Innovations” exhibit is the result of a public poll in Sweden to determine what ideas the general public considers the most important inventions of mankind. The items in the exhibit range from obvious, well-established products to cutting-edge innovations that are still not in widespread use. Even after the one-year exhibit ends, the tracker shoe will remain as part of the museum’s permanent collection.
The National Museum’s exhibit is just the latest in a long string of publicity opportunities for the shoe. It has appeared on many national television programs and has been widely praised for its easy answer to a serious need. With studies reporting that around half of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and autism wander away from supervision at least once, experts expect to see the GPS shoe used more and more to reduce safety risks.Google+