American company Aetrex, specializing in the manufacture of sports shoes, together with the company GTX Corp. released special sneakers with a GPS transmitter built into the sole. The first batch of shoes designed for Alzheimer's sufferers is 3 thousand pairs.
The developers are sure that special shoes will help you easily find the exact location of patients who often go for a walk and forget the way back to the house, and sometimes do not return at all, reports Discovery News.
It is known that the company GTX Corp. started with the production of shoes for children with a miniature GPS chip, which allowed parents to track the whereabouts of their children. Then GTX Corp. decided to use this technology for adults with Alzheimer's disease.
According to manufacturers, next month the shoes will go on sale, the cost of one pair will be $ 300. They note that as soon as the patient leaves the house, a message will be sent to the guardians or relatives on the smartphone where he is. So shoes allow you to track every step in real time.
The footwear has been certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Representatives of GTX Corp. state that the new product will be in huge demand and that the sneaker will save a significant amount of money. “I think this development is an important milestone for both companies. Currently, $ 604 billion is spent on the treatment of Alzheimer's disease worldwide. Shoes with a GPS device can help solve the problem and alleviate the physical and emotional well-being of patients, as well as their carers and family members, ”says Patrick Bertagna, co-owner of GTX Corp. ...
Doctors are sure that new shoes are the salvation for 5 million Americans suffering from senile dementia. “These shoes are especially important for patients at an early stage of the disease who are most at risk. They leave home or hospital and get lost, many of them get serious injuries, in cases of untimely help they can die. Shoes can save lives and prevent unfortunate incidents, ”comments Andrew Carl of George Mason University. This is reported by RBC.