Yep, you read the right, GPS-enabled insoles for your shoes. Very interesting concept when you stop to consider the potential benefits of such technology in healthcare, i.e. think Alzheimerâ€™s for one, although the use cases are expansive.
Up until a couple of weeks ago I had never heard of the GPS SmartSole, but apparently theyâ€™ve been around for a while. According to the company website â€“ GTX Corp â€“ the product has been around since 2008. Who knew?
The technology gives users the ability to track individualâ€™s location via any smartphone, tablet, or other web-enabled device. Caregivers can even configure the system to send text and email alerts when the user leaves a designated area. Of course it only works if the user is wearing their shoes.
The insoles provide real-time GPS data, remote monitoring, and last up to 5 days on a single chart. Pretty cool stuff.
There are two versions of the SmatSole technology, a Bluetooth Low Envergy (BLE) version and a GPS/Cellular Embedded version. There are significant difference between the two, which can be summarized in the table below taken from one of the companyâ€™s brochures. It all depends on your needs.
You can find detailed information on the BLE versionÂ hereÂ [PDF], and the GPS /Cellular Embedded version hereÂ [PDF].