Wednesday, February 14, 2007

118 GPS shoes find the lost

I believe I've already said that my dad a month or so ago peed in the hallway on the wall. Last week my mom caught him peeing on a different wall. She yelled at him and he went right into the bathroom and used the toilet.
The dog, for the first time since she's had him, peed in the house too. I lose my pee-everywhere cat and my mom gets a pee-everywhere husband.
This item was in the news a few days ago and is now getting more wide-spread coverage. A man has invented sneakers with built-in GPS circuitry. Unlike some of the other GPS things I've looked at, where you download the information which isn't "live", this is live GPS enabling you to locate people. The sneakers cost $325 plus $20/month to monitor them. You can activate the GPS by pushing a button on the shoe itself if you get lost (say, while hiking) or call in with a code word if you've lost your loved one (child, AD patient, etc). The web site is horrible, all Flash animation, very slow, hard to navigate (which is why I detest Flash).
Unfortunately, my dad, who was once obsessed with his green sneakers, has now abandoned them and will only wear his shoes. Everywhere. Even to bed. Plus he takes a triple wide which the GPS sneakers don't offer. My mom said he wouldn't wear them. I wouldn't give him the choice; I'd take away all his other footwear.
The next logical step, of course, is to be able to add the circuitry to ANY shoe, not just their brand. (They are coming out with a way to swap the GPS unit between various shoes of THEIR brand.) Actually, it's a bracelet, like my dad already has, with such a chip in it. Somewhere someone's got to be working on it.


Patty McNally Doherty said...

Hi Bert,

I'm on a different computer while traveling and I don't have your email address. I wanted to let you know that you've been introduced on my blog as one of my gracious "guest hosts".

Thank you so much for being willing to help me out. I appreciate it more than I can adequately express.

Just email me what you want to say at and I'll post it.

Kathy NC said...


I am the primary caregiver for my 78 year old Dad who has Alzheimer's Disease and lives with me in NC.

I am writing a blog that shows the lighter side of caregiving, and offers tips for caregivers.

Please pass this link along to anyone you think may enjoy it.


Anonymous said...

thats ingenious. I'll have to try it. Where did you get the bracelet? adn does it let you track IRT online? Since were on breakthoughs, these drugs are showing some real progress, and I hope they will help us all soon - Kate from The health Desk at

madhu said...

Wow what an amazing BLOG. I really appreciate it. Even I am facing same problem.

I would have really gone for these shoes, if I would have seen this blog before. My next purchase will be these shoes.

However I just purchased shoes from: online and waiting for its arrival.

Anonymous said...

Great invention!! Really a amazing idea sneakers with built-in GPS circuitry. Now its very easy to navigate any one.

trainers shoes said...

Well with this "The cost of Alzheimer's? Everything you ever owned, everything you ever thought you would get, and things you never even thought about." I like the one another too that is "you are happy in your life if you have a good and comfortable pair of shoe." Thanks.