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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 - January 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.
NPR - September 19, 2013
Currently, some 100 million people globally suffer from the potentially fatal disease. That number is expected to increase to 277 million by 2050, as the graying population increases, The World Alzheimer's Report 2013 says.
Atlanta - Sept 29, 2013 - The recent mass shooting incidents especially at schools have parents on edge, but a mother who is a former officer is doing something to help put their minds at ease. Christina Thomas created a backpack she says can stop a bullet on a bad day and give peace of mind to parents about where their child is at every day. It is called the AttachaPack.
Parents can log into a computer or smartphone and find where their child is at any given moment. The backpack is also equipped with a bullet-proof panel and an emergency alert button.
They have partnered to provide GPS tracking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
Satnews Daily - September 20th, 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.
Alzheimer Store talks about solutions for seniors including GPS Shoes for wandering.
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GTX Corp (GTXO) has been at the forefront of wearable technology with its award winning multi patent GPS Smart Shoe
See what Apple CEO is saying about wearable (GPS) technology - "It's an area that's ripe for exploration. It's ripe for us to get excited about. Lots of companies will play in this space,"
Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a strong indication on Tuesday that the company has wearable technology products in the pipeline, although he offered little in the way of specifics on that subject and a number of others in a wide-ranging interview at an industry event. "It's an area that's ripe for exploration. It's ripe for us to get excited about. Lots of companies will play in this space," he said, adding that he doubts Google Glass will have mass appeal. Cook maintained that despite inroads from rivals like Samsung Electronics, the company was still capable of producing groundbreaking devices like the iPhone and iPad. Apple "has several more game changers" in the pipeline, he said.
Patrick Bertagna GTX Corp CEO, is Addressing the iMBA Program
Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Thursday May 16th at 5:00 PM EST
The Global Marketing Strategy class is taught by Distinguished Professor S. P. Raj and the topics covered will be – how to develop business and marketing strategies, using GTX Corp as a case study.
Sponsored in part by GTX Corp
Forbes.com - GPS Shoes - The latest in medical specialty shoes (beyond orthodics) by Aetrex Worldwide incorporates a GPS device in one of the shoes, alerting a caregiver if the wearer leaves a specified area. (Co-developed by GMU's Andrew Carle.)
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NCAL Focus - NCAL.org - March 2012 - Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices are no longer just for cars and cell phones. They can help caregivers find residents with memory problems who have eloped. Providers can protect people who are at risk for elopement and allow caregivers to keep an eye on residents within a certain geographic area, thanks to a new sneaker equipped with a GPS.
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GPS Smart Shoe is a finalist in the Best Senior Living Awards 2013 in the Most Innovative Products.
With the use of GPS Technology, the GPS Smart Shoe by GTX Corp will send you a text message if the wearer has wandered out of a predetermined area (set by you). You are directed to a website which shows the exact location of the wearer. It is estimated that up to 60 percent of people with Alzheimer's — the most common form of dementia — will become lost at least once.
KGET.com -17 News - Bakersfield, CA - 11/21/2012 - About 10,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's Disease or dementia in Kern County. Many are being cared for by family members in the home. Wandering can be a very big problem and a fear that keeps some caregivers awake at night.
Almost a year ago an elderly Bakersfield woman, suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, wandered away from her daughter's home, in the middle of the night. Even with family, police and community members helping search, she wasn't found for more than 24 hours.
The shoe with in-built GPS that tracks Alzheimer's patients - and gives their relatives peace of mind
Shoe is fitted with a miniature GPS system that allows the wearer’s location to be accurately pinpointed
If they stray outside a set area, relatives can be alerted by text or email
Designed to give wearers more freedom to go about everyday life
Daily Mail Online -
United Kingdom -
October 16, 2012
Shoes with an in-built tracking device to locate Alzheimer’s patients have gone on sale in the UK. Designed to give worried relatives and friends piece of mind, the shoes enable the person
with Alzheimer’s to be monitored remotely, giving them more freedom.
One of the most common concerns for families of an Alzheimer’s sufferer is that the person often becomes lost after getting confused and disoriented. The £250 shoes are fitted with a miniature GPS system - similar to those used in sat-nav systems found in cars - that allows its wearer’s location to be accurately pinpointed.
Billions of dollars being spent, Millions of people impacted and one company delivers a solution for $1 per day!
GLX VALUE RICH - Sept. 2012 - Interview with Patrick Bertagna
The latest data from the Alzheimer’s Association show that 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2030, that number is anticipated to be 8 million — if no medical cure is found — the number of afflicted boomers is expected to grow beyond 20 million by 2050. In addition to the enormous personal and financial impact on the their caregivers, local search and recovery through law enforcement and first responders will be financially impacted as well, due to nearly sixty percent of dementia victims who will wander or get lost at least once
and if not found within a day, up to half will be found dead or seriously harmed.
Sept 15 - 2012 - InetnetAdvisors.net Radio - Patrick Bertagna of GTX Corp discusses wearable technology and GPS shoes.
Brazil - July-August, 2012 - At seLecT Magazine in Brazil, the talk about art, contemporary culture, fashion and technology. The magazine is bi-monthly, printed (20.000) and in online version too (www.select.art.br). In the (July/Aug) edition, their main concept was Mobility. And all the reviews and articles will be about Wearable Technology.
The Register - July 10, 2012 - I'll never forget the feeling. It was like having the wind knocked right out of me. I looked up and saw the front door open and I just knew: he was gone.
It took less than five minutes to find him – he had wandered into the yard of a neighbor’s house - but those five minutes were the longest of my life.
GTX’s GPS Shoes are a life changing invention that brings peace of mind to millions. With 21 different patents the GPS shoes can be worn by seniors and used by caregivers to track their location in real time. If the senior wanders too far from home, an alert can be sent to the caregiver helping to ensure the safety of the senior and giving peace of mind to the senior’s family. This uses GPS tracking technology to help track individuals afflicted with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia who have a tendency to wander and become lost.
This shoe, manufactured and distributed in partnership with Aetrex Worldwide, Inc., a leading footwear manufacturer, has been widely covered by major newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, and it has been featured in reports on a number of national television shows including The Doctors and Fox News. It has also been nominated as one of the 100 most important inventions of mankind.
The Navistar GPS footwear system has been available under a soft launch program since early this year. Aetrex has just launched a new site and added new styles and colors at www.navistargpsshoe.com and is opening up international sales to Canada.
Univision TV in Miami featured the Navistar GPS footwear System on their morning program Despierta America, a top Spanish language morning show comparable to Good Morning America with over 1.8 million viewers.
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Stress may trigger Alzheimer's disease
Stressful lifestyles could be the key trigger for incurable Alzheimer’s disease, scientists believe. Even the trauma of bereavement or moving home could bring on dementia. Scientists funded by the Alzheimer’s Society are investigating the link and hope their findings could lead to new drug treatments to fight the disease. A study at the University of Kuopio in Finland has found that the long-term effects of stress may be the biggest cause of the disease.
GPS Shoe grabs media's attention at MediCare Taiwan
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Patrick Bertagna, founder and co-inventor of the GTX Smart Shoe, joins Sandy to discuss this new invention and what it means to patients and families.
The Executive Producer and Host of TravelTalkMEDIA is Ms. Sandy Dhuyvetter, one of the world’s leading travel industry media specialists. Following a successful career as a pioneer in the internet industry and new media in the San Francisco area, Sandy established TravelTalkMEDIA in 2001 to provide radio and web-based, online information to the U.S. and global travel industry.
Entrepreneur's annual look at the brightest ideas, the hottest industries and the most insightful innovators
Brilliance expresses itself in many ways--from the esoteric tinkerings of a mad genius to the profit-heavy balance sheets that illustrate the work of astute executives. Sometimes brilliance is merely a deceptively simple, why-hasn't-anyone-thought-of-this-before solution to a nagging problem.
The products and services represented by our annual roundup of 100 Brilliant Companies are a little bit of all of these. It should come as no surprise that our list is heavy on digital technology, with apps, development platforms and gadgets related to mobile phones, social networking and health care, as well as some mind-blowing inventions that are just plain cool.
May 21, 2012 - DailyMail.co.uk
By Eddie Wrenn
GPS technology can help Alzheimer's sufferers and their carers, with the release of a shoe that tracks the wearer's position and plots their position on Google Maps. The GPS Smart Shoe embeds a GPS receiver and SIM card to send the shoe's position to a private tracking website - helping to find people if they wander off. With 800,000 sufferers in the UK - which is predicted to expand to one million within the next decade, manufacture Aetrex said they wanted to use technology to enable extra support.
May 21, 2012 - CBS12 News - West Boca Raton, FL
You've seen the silver alerts on CBS 12 many times. An elderly person wanders off and can't find their way back home. If you have a loved one with Alzheimers disease the numbers show there is a big chance they'll wander off. But there is a new invention that could help you find them faster than police.
May 16, 2012 - Los Angeles - by Mandour & Associates, APC
In a partnership with Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Los Angeles-based GTX Corp. has been granted a utility patent that will focus on GPS tracking location based solutions aimed at aiding families living with autism. TACA is a non-profit organization which provides valuable information and resources to parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism.
Navistar GPS Footwear System
The Alzheimer's Foundation in NYC - May-18-2012
May 17, 2012 - Jane Applegate
Andrew Carle delights in what he calls “nana-technology,” electronic gizmos designed to improve the quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers. For the past eight years, he’s been researching the senior-care industry at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he serves as an executive-in-residence to students and faculty in the College of Health and Human Services. He’s also been advising companies that include Apple (AAPL) and Nintendo (7974:JP) about their devices.
A GPS-Enabled Shoe To Track Alzheimer’s Patients
FastCoexist.com - There are currently 5.2 million Americans with Alzheimers, but as baby boomers continue to age, that number is expected to balloon, with one out of eight boomers (10 million people) developing the disease. Alzheimers is incurable--though there are plenty of research initiatives trying to change that--but in the meantime, it’s possible to leverage today’s technology to protect seniors from some of the mind-wasting properties of the disease. One deceptively simple solution: the GPS-enabled shoe.
Imagine having the security of knowing where a loved one who has Alzheimer's is at all times.
By Patrick Bertagna, CEO, Founder + Chairman, GTX Corp.
Sat Magazine - May 2012 - The Global Positioning System—GPS—is a worldwide radio-navigation system that is formed by a constellation of 24 satellites that communicate with their respective ground stations. The Global Positioning System is mainly funded and controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The system was initially designed for the U.S. military. However, over the past 10 years, there has been a widespread introduction of innovative ways to introduce the GPS technology into the private sector; in fact, so many that other countries are now deploying their own none-military use GPS systems in order to fill the increasing global demand for location information on people and products.
What do Alzheimer’s patients, dogs, your mischievous child, and letting someone know that you are running late have in common? On March 27, the CommNexus LBS SIG presents the latest consumer focused LBS technologies from GTX, Tagg (from Snaptracs, A Qualcomm company), TCS and Glympse.
The term "track," as it pertains to shoes, is no longer only associated with a "track and field" competition. The new trend in the shoe market is shoes that use a global positioning system (GPS) located in the heel of the shoe to actually track the location of a person. Originally developed for serious runners and misplaced children, these GPS shoes have found a promising market with seniors who have Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
NJ company offers GPS-enabled shoes for those with Alzheimer’s
April 05, 2012 - TEANECK – A Teaneck-based shoe company has a solution to keep track of loved ones with Alzheimer’s.Aetrex has released a GPS-enabled shoe that allows family members to monitor the location of the person wearing the shoe. The company says caregivers can also receive mobile alerts if the person leaves a specified area.
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March 9, 2012 - The GPS Shoe has joined the permanent collection of the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden being featured in an exhibition highlighting the 100 most important inventions in the history of mankind.
National Center for Assisted Living
(FOCUS Magazine) - March 2012
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices are no longer just for cars and cell phones. They can help caregivers find residents with memory problems who have eloped. Providers can protect people who are at risk for elopement and allow caregivers to keep an eye on residents within a certain geographic area, thanks to a new sneaker equipped with a GPS.
“The biggest benefit of the sneakers is that residents view the sneakers as a shoe and not a device that is monitoring them.”
- Andrew Carle
Technology developed to track missing children now helps the families of those wiith Alzheimer's disease.
A tiny microchip is offering peace of mind to the families of a loved one with Alzheimer’s. The special chip-equipped shoe tracks someone who wanders and sends out an alert when the person goes beyond a pre-assigned area near the home.
AARP's "Inside E Street", aired on 200 PBS stations across the U.S.
GPS Tracking for Family, Lone Worker, Elderly/Health, Pets, and Others
Despite the fact that the personal location devices and applications market has been around for a number of years, it is still in the very early stages of development. The potential is huge, with a large available market, a clear benefit in the technology, and the potential of legislation as a major driver. The market has made progress, with many of the barriers around cellular M2M connectivity having come down, yet it remains hampered by fragmentation, high prices, and a lack of awareness. There is a consensus within the industry that the market is large enough to support hardware and smartphone applications. Many are now looking at ways to combine both. T raditional hardware vendors like GTX Corp and Connexion2 have launched their own applications, while application developers like Life360 are looking to use their huge installed base as a way to drive additional revenue through hardware.
NorthJersey.com - Joan Verdon - January 27, 2012 - A Teaneck shoe maker has joined with a California technology company to create a shoe that uses GPS technology that records where a wearer walks – and can send alerts to caregivers if someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia wanders away and gets lost.
A family in Virginia has been using the shoes for the past month, as part of a trial set up by an elder-care expert, to keep track of an 83-year-old husband and father who scared his wife recently when he wandered away while she was grocery shopping. The man's son now gets alerts on his cellphone showing his father's location. "So if I lose him, I can call my son and he tells me where he is," the man's wife said.
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The Star Tribune - January 31, 2012 - There are some tech tools that are actually useful for older adults -- and might even save lives.
If someone you know is suffering from dementia, the chances that they will wander off and get lost at some point are high -- up to 60 percent in the case of Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. And up to half of those who are not found within 24 hours may die, from dehydration, exposure or injury.
You might not be able to stop Mom or Dad from wandering, but thanks to technology, you can make sure they will never get lost.
CBS San Francisco .com (CBS / AP) - January 19, 2012 - Newark, CA police say an 81-year-old man who was missing for a week has been found 3,000 miles away.
Cmdr. Robert Douglas said Jude Hunter of Newark suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and was reported missing after he didn’t return to his residential care home on Jan. 10. He had missed a ride home from a doctor’s appointment in East Oakland.
GTX sets goal on worldwide network, ships more miniature GPS devices to Aetrex Shoes
SeniorJournal.com - Jan. 18, 2012 – Caregivers are increasingly turning to miniature 2-way GPS embedded in shoes to monitor the location of senior citizens afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, according to GTX Corp. The company announced the second delivery of 1,500 GPS devices to footwear-maker Aetrex Worldwide.
Technology Review - January 2012 - Alzheimer’s patients can sometimes wander away and become disoriented. For patients at risk of getting lost, these shoes have a built-in GPS receiver and a data transmitter in the sole, allowing the wearer’s location to be tracked. The shoes are charged via a USB connection in the heel.
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