” A Kyoto-based company has started selling shoes with the global positioning system to help track down dementia-suffering seniors who wander off and often get lost.
The company which runs nursing homes experienced their inhabitants were getting lost for a short period of time. That was the reason for the company deciding to develop a special apparatus to prevent similar incidents.
The GPS terminal is implanted in the left heel of the “GPS Dokodemo (everywhere) Shoes,” and enables family members and caretakers to monitor the wearer by using smartphones or computers.” (Source: EU -Japan Centre)
Great idea! Maybe this could also be used to track (younger) loved ones, lost while shopping in Department Stores or Shopping Malls? What kind of application would you like to suggest?
More details from (in Japanese): GPS Shoes to Help Track Elderly People with Dementia