In late-February, the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm will open a new exhibit featuring the 100 most important inventions in the history of mankind. Visitors will see the GPS Shoe included alongside antibiotics, the steam engine and other life-changing ideas.
Inventions being featured have been selected by the Swedish people as the most impactful inventions in history. The museum is creating a showcase of these inventions that will combine historical perspective with a look into the technology of the future. The GPS Shoe is an example of the positive impact technology can have on people’s everyday lives.
GTX Corp is a leader in customizable, patented 2-way GPS Tracking Personal Location Services (PLS) solutions. Its flagship product is the GPS Shoe, an invention incorporating 21 different patents that is manufactured and distributed in partnership with Aetrex Worldwide, Inc., a leading footwear manufacturer. Together, the companies have worked to design a comfortable shoe that seamlessly integrates GPS technology.
The GPS Shoe offers easy to use technology that can be set up to instantly alert a caregiver with an email or SMS text message whenever a patient wanders off too far from a preset location. The service also provides emergency tracking in cases like the one in Newark where an at risk patient needs to be located immediately.
GPS Shoes all feature the latest GPS tracking technology completely embedded in the base of the heel of the shoe. This provides real-time tracking. At frequent and specific time intervals, the GPS tracking device will send a signal to the central monitoring station and that information will be relayed to a tracking website for easy viewing.
This cutting-edge miniaturized monitoring technology provides peace of mind to caregivers of the tens of millions of adults and children worldwide who suffer from these ailments. The need for this technology is great, according to experts. "Sixty percent of these individuals (with Alzheimer's Disease) will wander and become lost at least once during the progression of the disease," says Andrew Carle, Executive in Residence of Senior Housing at George Mason University.
CBS News called the shoes "a literal lifesaver", which "eases the burden often placed on primary caretakers," during a report on the CBS Early Show. The GPS Shoe has also been featured on CNN, CBS News, Fox News, CBS Early Show, and The Doctors.
Patrick Bertagna, the inventor of the GPS Shoe, said, "We are deeply honored to have been selected amongst some of the most important inventions of mankind and want to thank the Swedish people for hosting such a historically and culturally rich exhibit."