Those with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia know how scary it can be if you lose sight of that person. Maybe you turned around to pay a bill or even bent down to tie your shoe at the park. It’s no one’s fault—being a caretaker is hard—but it can feel overwhelming to have to search for your loved one when they might not be familiar with their surroundings.
Enter the SmartSole. This is a shoe insole equipped with a GPS tracker. The soles can be slipped into the shoes of your loved one and a built-in tracking chip with a cell signal can let you know where they are. According to the company’s website, shoes are a great item to track because Alzheimer’s or dementia sufferers will still remember to wear shoes when they start to wander.
“This is wearable technology that not only provides peace of mind but can also save lives while preserving the privacy and dignity of the wearer,” says the SmartSole website. Other trackers like such as bracelets are more visible and patients may try to take them off.
So how does it work? The insoles send a location update to a server every 5 or 10 minutes. Then, the location data is put on a map that caregivers can access online or through an app. If your loved one wanders from an assigned area, you will be alerted by email and text with their last known location.
The insoles cost $299 with a choice of two monthly service plans. Just don’t be a creep and sneak them into your partner’s or your kid’s shoes, okay?