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GPS shoe shows where wearer is

first_img“We call it a second eye watching over you,” Daniel said. It’s the latest implementation of satellite-based navigation into everyday life – technology that can be found in everything from cell phones that help keep kids away from sexual predators to fitness watches that track heart rate and distance. Shoes aren’t as easy to lose as phones, watches and bracelets. In some emergencies – as when a child or Alzheimer’s patient is lost – a parent, spouse or guardian can call the monitoring service, and operators can activate the GPS remotely and alert authorities if the caller can provide the correct password. But an alert involving authorities is not meant for nonemergencies – such as finding out if a teen is really at the library or a spouse is really on a business trip. If authorities are called and it is not an emergency, the caller will incur all law enforcement costs, Daniel said. Once the button is pressed, the shoe will transmit information until the battery runs out. While other GPS gadgets often yield spotty results, Daniel says his company has spent millions of dollars and nearly two years of research to guarantee accuracy. The 2-inch-by-3-inch chip is tucked into the bottom of the shoe. Experts say GPS accuracy often depends on how many satellites the system can tap into. Daniel’s shoe and most GPS devices on the market rely on four. “The technology is improving regularly. It’s to the point where you can get fairly good reflection even in areas with a lot of tree coverage and skyscrapers,” said Jessica Myers, a spokeswoman for Garmin International Inc., a Kansas-based leader in GPS technology. “You still need a pretty clear view of the sky to work effectively.” Daniel, who wears the shoes when he runs every morning, says he tested them on a recent trip to New Jersey. It tracked him down the Atlantic Coast to the Miami airport and through the city to a specific building. The company also has put the technology into military boots and is in talks with Colombia and Ecuador, he said. But retail experts say the shoe might be a tough sale to brand-conscious kids. “If (parents) can get their kids to wear them, then certainly there is a marketplace. But I think the biggest challenge is overcoming … the cool marketplace,” said Lee Diercks, managing director of New Jersey-based Clear Thinking Group, an advisory firm for retailers. KEEPING TRACK WHAT: GPS sneakers that can find the wearer with the press of a button HOW MUCH: $325-$350 for an adult’s pair, to be available within a month; 24-hour monitoring service will cost an additional $19.95 a month KID FACTOR: A line for children will be available this summer160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Isaac Daniel calls the tiny Global Positioning System chip he has embedded into a line of sneakers “peace of mind.” He wishes his 8-year-old son had been wearing them when he got a call from the boy’s school in 2002 saying the child was missing. In New York on business, the worried father hopped a flight to Atlanta, en route home, before he learned that the incident had been a miscommunication and his son was safe. Days later, the engineer started working on a prototype of Quantum Satellite Technology, a line of adult sneakers, costing $325 to $350, that will hit the shelves within a month. The sneakers work when the wearer presses a button on the shoe to activate the GPS. A wireless alert detailing the location is sent to a 24-hour monitoring service that costs an additional $19.95 a month. Daniel says the sneakers will locate the wearer anywhere in the world with the press of a button. A children’s line will be out this summer. last_img read more