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Satnews Daily - Sept 20, 2013 - Drone-Mods.com has launched its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) GPS Locator, an effective and reliable GPS solution for retrieving an aerial vehicle in the event of a fly-away. The Drone-Mods.com UAV Locator is a small, lightweight, self-powered, standalone GPS module that attaches to your aerial vehicle. If the pilot loses site of the vehicle, or experiences a fly-away, they simply call the phone number assigned to the UAV and within a few minutes, the pilot will receive a text message and an email containing a Google Maps link with the GPS (latitude/longitude) coordinates of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
Fairfax, Va. (AP) - March 25, 2014 — Andrew Carle, an assistant professor at George Mason University and a consultant on senior housing issues, is always looking for new technology to improve the lives of the elderly. He's even coined a term for his life's work: "nana technology."
"I've always tried to close the great divide between geeks and grans," said Carle, who's also the founding director of GMU's program in senior housing administration.
So when he came across a shoe in 2007 with a Global Positioning System device embedded in the sole — an innovation aimed at parents concerned about their kids disappearing — he had an idea. Why not use the technology to develop a shoe for senior citizens? It could be a lifesaver for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia patients while easing caregivers' fears that they'll wander away.
Carle met with Patrick Bertagna, chief executive of GTX, the Los Angeles-based maker of the shoe. "It just really touched us," Bertagna said of his meeting with Carle. "I brought in our whole management team to shift our focus."
Now, Carle and GTX are taking their nana technology a step further. They've developed insoles with an embedded GPS device so that the technology can be easily moved between pairs of shoes. The "Smart Soles" are being tested by groups that work with dementia patients, and Carle said the soles are scheduled to be released this summer.
LiveScience.com - March 19, 2014 - Stephanie Pappas
Taking care of elderly parents — or being one yourself — could get a bit easier in the near future, thanks to technology designed to keep seniors safe.
One proponent of this tech, Andrew Carle of George Mason University, refers to it as "nana technology," a pun on "nanotechnology," for the unobtrusive size of these new devices. One device that Carle consulted on is a GPS-enabled shoe sole designed to help caregivers keep track of patients with dementia. New wearables like the shoe sole are a discreet alternative to wrist or ankle bands. "There's no stigma," Carle told Live Science.
The Washington Post - Feb. 25, 2014 - Tom Jackman
Andrew Carle, an assistant professor at George Mason University and a consultant on senior housing issues, is always looking for new technology to improve the lives of the elderly. He ’s even coined a term for his life ’s work: “ nana technology.”
“I’ve always tried to close the great divide between geeks and grans,” said Carle, who’s also the founding director of GMU’s program in senior housing administration.
So when he came across a shoe in 2007 with a Global Positioning System device embedded in the sole — an innovation aimed at parents concerned about their kids disappearing — he had an idea. Why not use the technology to develop a shoe for senior citizens? It could be a lifesaver for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia patients while easing caregivers’ fears that they’ll wander away.
Carle met with Patrick Bertagna, chief executive of GTX, the Los Angeles-based maker of the shoe. “It just really touched us,” Bertagna said of his meeting with Carle. “I brought in a whole management team to shift our focus.”
New technologies can improve the lives of not only the exploding elderly population, but also the people who care for them.
FastCoExist - Feb. 14 2014 - Ben Schiller - With the number of dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers set to double by 2030, there's likely to be a growing need for technology that keeps the elderly safe and gives caregivers a little peace of mind.
The GPS Shoe, which contains a tracking device in the right heel, is one idea. Launched two years ago, it allows carers to keep up with loved-ones, and in an unobtrusive way. If the wearer leaves the house and wanders outside a designated area, a carer gets an email or text. They can also map the location and call in emergency help if needed.
The shoes, which retail for about $300, were developed by the Aetrex footwear company, along with GTX Corp, a technology company, and come with various service packages. The cheapest starts at about $35 a month, and the shoes are available in six countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Connected World Magazine - Feb/Mar 2014 - Theresa Gordon
Time to get smart and slip into something more connected.
From vibrations to GPS and more, wearables are trekking mobile and keeping us connected. Flexible insoles create specialty footwear. Supershoes, developed by Dhairya Dand of MIT's Media Lab, can alert consumers to deals in nearby shops. The app uses your history and preferences so it can ping you via Bluetooth, alerting you to local specials or to provide current information like restaurant hours, weather conditions, and directions. It can even ping the hyper tactile actuators in the soles to tell you to turn right or left.
GTX Corp., has LOCiMOBILE, the GPS Tracking People-Finding app so you don't have to worry about being lost, getting lost, or losing a loved one. The company now offers GPS SmartSole.
Envisioned for Alzheimer's patients who can get confused and wander off, but additionally for use with children and others, SmartSole allows families and institutions to "geofence" an area for the child or patient or wearer so they can be found if they break the fence and leave the designated area.
Chicago Tribune - Feb. 11, 2014 - John Carpenter
Form — not to mention fashion and fun — is driving adoption of increasingly functional wearable technology, according to a group of tech executives at the Chicago Auto Show. Things like GPS tracking devices have been around for many years. But cool fitness apps and entertainment gadgets are pushing the fast-growing sector forward.
Patrick Bertagna, president, CEO and founder of GTX Corp., which makes wearable devices that track people with a tendency to wander off — including children or adults with cognitive disabilities — said he has no trouble with the success of less-practical applications. "The entertainment aspect of (wearable) technology is what's going to drive this," said Bertagna, speaking Monday on an auto show panel sponsored by Connected World magazine. "When people see it in their cars, and when they see all the fun things they can do with it, I think then (wearable technology) will really transcend into a must-have for other problems out there."
School Safety: Retired Police Officer and Her Daughter Launch AttachaPack: Safety-Focused Kids Backpack
Options include wearable technology, bulletproof backpack, and hundreds of interchangeable zip-on pockets
9-1-1 Magazine.com - Jan. 9, 2014 - The innovation of a retired police officer and 9-1-1 dispatcher, AttachaPack™, launched in 2013, is offering backpacks with interchangeable pockets aimed at creating fun, personalized looks for kids and peace of mind safety options for parents. The pockets zip on and off for hundreds of possible looks.