GTX Corp, an IoT platform in the personal location GPS wearable and wandering-assistive-technology business, has completed another successful SmartSole pilot
Sourced through Scoop.it from: gpsworld.com
If they have solved the problems I identified in previous research then this is a big step. pardon the pun.
As per previous blogs, only a cellular solution with GPS will solve this problem. A few days ago I wrote about a search for an elderly person in New Zealand where they spent 1100 man hours searching for him. You could buy a lot of GPS technology for that me cost and it would have been possible to find him very quickly.
There are real problems in getting people with dementia to wear anything they don’t know of as theirs, so necklaces, watches and other tech frequently won’t work.
Another major issue is that all communicating technologies drain a lot of battery power. For elderly people or people with disabilities, the mini USB type plugs require dexterity to plug in that they often don’t have any more.
Just getting devices charged frequently is difficult and my belief, given how busy staff are in rest homes, retirement villages and care facilities is that these systems really need induction charging, in order to ensure they are operational when needed.With shoes that becomes easy. You have an induction charging mat on the floor where the shoes are normally kept overnight and they are ready for another day.
I also believe the software needs to have alarms for the monitoring systems or people to allow checking of the charge status.
Just a footnote, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are a rapidly growing problem with the extension of life expectancy. There are many more groups that can benefit from this technology including sight impaired, people with diabetes or other conditions were if they forget their medications they can become disoriented or comatose.
I look forward to learning more about this solution.