GPS-enabled shoes will give Alzheimer's caregivers peace of mind

Shoes with Global Positioning System technology could help track down people with dementia when they wander off, Agence France-Presse reports.

GTX Corp. teamed with the footwear company Aetrex Worldwide to develop the shoes, which will have a GPS device in their heels. Caregivers or family members will be able to use the shoes to create what the AFP story calls a "geofence" for seniors suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other cognitive problems. The GPS system sends out an alert if the person wearing the shoes ventures beyond a designated area.

The Federal Communications Commission certified the system for the shoes earlier this year.

The retail price of the shoes, which will be available this month, is $300.

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