Corporation may be one step closer to trail
running shoes that have integrated GPS directly into the
shoes. GPS use has increased in the cycling and running worlds, as it
is used to accurately track time, distance, and speed.
There has been discussion of GPS-enabled running shoes in the past,
but nothing significant ever materialized.The GTX "Ambulator"
originally was designed to be used in hospitals and nursing homes,
but the technology could be ported into shoes and other products.
The Ambulator shoe is designed to help caretakers better monitor
dementia patients who sometimes wander off without anyone
knowing.Pricing for the Ambulator varies between $200 and
$300, with customers able to customize some of the features.GPS
technology has evolved from in-car products only to GPS in mobile
phones, GPS heart rate monitors, and additional products. I
like the idea of having GPS built directly into the shoes, but hope
that the technology isn't overly expensive. I also wonder how
much the monthly monitoring fees will cost, as the Ambulator costs
$18 per month to operate.Many higher-end heart rate monitors
designed for athletes include GPS features, but runners occasionally
may want to head out without the watch. However, it's free to
use GPS software from Garmin, Polar, and other companies, which could
force GTX to lower the price of a monthly GPS subscription.