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GPS Sneakers

Isaac Daniel calls the tiny Global Positioning System (GPS) chip he's embedded into a line of sneakers "peace of mind."

He wishes his 8-year-old son had been wearing a pair when he got a call from his school in 2002 saying the boy was missing. The worried father hopped a flight to Atlanta from New York where he had been on business, to find the incident had been a miscommunication, and his son was safe.

Days later, the engineer started working on a prototype of Quantum Satellite Technology, a line of $325 to $350 adult sneakers that'll hit shelves next month. It promises to locate the wearer anywhere in the world with the press of a button. A children's line will be out this summer.

The sneakers work when the wearer presses a button on the shoe to activate the GPS. A wireless alert detailing the location is sent to a 24-hour monitoring service that costs an additional $19.95 a month.

This fall, the company is unveiling a plug-and-wear version that allows wearers to remove the electronics module from old sneakers and plug it into another pair - of course they have to be one of Daniel's. This is a much better idea than the Compass Global GPS Sneakers that need to be replaced completely.

The sneaker is only meant for emergencies, so if you're convinced your boyfriend is cheating on you, you'll have to locate him yourself.

Join The Conversation
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
Unless I'm lost in the woods and need to be found because it is snowing and I did not come prepared I would never have a need for these!
Marci Marci 10 years
What a sad story. This is a terrific invention as a result, though.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Oh, it's so sad how this invention came to be, but I'm totally glad that it has been invented. I will be purchasing a pair of these shoes for my son.
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