There is nothing more frightening to a parent than not knowing where their child is.
Being a father of five I have on more than one occasion called out to one of my children because their desire to explore caused them to leave my sight.
My kids don’t live in fear for their life the way I did growing up. In fact, my mother’s remedy for hard head kids at the mall was to leave you in the car while she shopped.
Yeah, I know. You can’t do that these days. For one, the cops will be called to the scene and two there are a lot of crazy people in the world today.
If you have overly adventurous children or are just overly protective (you have every right to be) then this is for you.
Isaac Daniel calls the tiny Global Positioning System chip he’s 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 his school in 2002 saying the boy was missing. The worried father hopped a flight to Atlanta from New York where he had been on business to find 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 $325 to $350 adult sneakers that hit shelves next month. It promises to locate the wearer anywhere in the world with the press of a button. A children’s line will be out this summer.
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. In some emergencies — such as lost child or Alzheimer’s patient — 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 the shoe is not meant for non-emergencies — like to find 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 wearer will incur all law enforcement costs, Daniel said.
With technology like this, you can now increase the likelihood of having your loved ones returned safely, if something unthinkable happens.
Engineer: GPS shoes make people findable