Soon you will be able to buy a pair of GPS shoes, designed with the technology to help you find your way home. The GPS device is located in the left heel with the prototype now being tested.
If lost, all you will have to do is literally click your heels three times. This turns on the LED lights and they will point you in the right direction. The click you heels three times was inspired by Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. So the name ‘No Place Like Home’ makes you feel safe knowing Dorothy got home and you will too.
These shoes are a little different from the current GPS shoes on the market today. Those shoes have a tracking device which sends a signal to the caregiver when an Alzheimer’s patient or person with dementia wanders off. The No Place Like Home shoes are important because this technology is being taken to the next level.
There is a small antenna located in the back of the left shoe which can pick up vital signal information from GPS satellites. A small cellphone sized battery gives it all the power it needs.
You set up your walking destination plan to a computer program which you can upload to your shoes before you go out. Once you do the Dorothy clicking routine, a circle of LED lights will begin lighting up in the direction you need to go.
We see huge potential for alzhemimer’s patients and any elderly people suffering from dementia. Not to mention the fact, it can certainly come in handy for all of the rest of us.
Of course, maybe I shouldn’t mention this, but currently the prototypes seem to be only available in men’s shoes. Is there a reason why? Kind of makes you wonder….
Here’s an interesting vid with inventor Dominic Wilcox demonstrating how it works.
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