GPS, which is known to help navigate you around the world, or create maps, has been expanding in use and usability. You can now find integrated GPS devices in cars, phones, or even watches. Hikers and climbers use GPS to help determine their position, boats and ships use it to guide them through the oceans, and planes use it to get from point A to point B. All of those different uses are good reasons to make use of the satellite navigation system, but what about GPS in your shoes?
Isaac Daniel came up with the idea of GPS devices built right into shoes after he got a call that his 8 year old son was missing. Shortly after he began the process of designing a line of shoes that will sell for $325-$350 which have GPS built right in. The line designed for adults is expected next month, and a children’s line following shortly thereafter.
Aside from the actual cost of the shoe, there would also be a service fee of $19.95 per month. That covers the cost of the 24-hour monitoring service that would be alerted should the GPS button on the shoe be activated. The main purpose behind the shoe is actually safety should a child or an adult go missing.
Could someone use this to check up on suspicions that their spouse or child aren’t where they say they are? Well, they could, but then they’d be faced with law enforcement costs. It was designed with emergency situations in mind, and no other purpose.
The shoe works by pressing a button to activate a GPS. From there, details about the location of the shoes are sent to a monitoring service. After the button is pressed, the shoe will continue to transmit information until the battery runs out which means that it could potentially be useless in times of actual need. The GPS chip is tucked away into the bottom of the shoe, and measures 2 inches by 3 inches.
The Good: This is a potentially life-saving device. If a child is wearing the shoes, and the parent notices the child has gone missing, they can call up the monitoring service and provided they know the password to the account, the GPS will be activated.
Later this year, a “Plug and wear” version will be available which would allow wearers to remove the module from an old pair of shoes and place them in a new pair, cutting back on price of shoes for growing feet in children.
The Bad: The price will probably be enough to keep most parents from making the investment, especially with the additional monthly service charge.
The Ugly: The shoes aren’t actually considered ugly. In fact they come in six different designs and look more like a running shoe. But, convincing your child that this is the next “big” name in shoes probably will take a little effort. Especially if all of their friends are wearing Nike’s.
Source: Associated Press [via Yahoo]