The shoe hides inside a tracking device which will allow the parents to see their children’s location on a map in real-time. It is also possible for the parents to set a boundary that their children can’t break – and the shoe will notify the parents if they do by sending out an alert thanks to a geo-fencing technology.
The creators decided on a shoe with a tracking device because it is “an item of clothing that is less likely to come off as opposed to a bracelet or jacket,” according to LovinTrends.com.
The smart shoe will go on sale in China in April and the price will be around $80, according to a MediaTek spokesman’s estimate for CNet.com. The GPS tracker inside the shoe communicates directly with an app in the parent’s phone, making it convenient and easy to use. The shoes include a wireless battery that can last for approximately 3-4 days and can then be recharged.
The shoes feature a nice sneaker design with fun, vibrant colors, aimed at very small children. Charging the shoes is possible by placing them on a wireless charging pad, therefore there is no need to plug them anywhere.
Another similar inventions presented at the Mobile World Congress include “Sensoria Smart Sock”, a sock that can give detailed feedback on one’s running technique, and “LifeBeam Smart Hat” that collects heart-rate data.