Helicopter Moms Rejoice: GPS Fixed So Child Leashes Are Out

Travel News, Travel Safety — By John Curran on December 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Child leashes are tools that have inspired a bunch of contradictory opinions. But for those that feel that they are useful, but a bit too obtrusive, researchers at North Carolina State University have fixed that problem.

Well, they weren’t necessarily focusing on shoes per se, at least for kids. Rather, according to Switched, they were noting that there’s a way to keep track of the location of the wearer using a separate navigational tool that would continue operating even in areas with low reception for GPS service.

The net effect is sort of like a pedometer that can read directions. A device would track motion and record it, and than transmit that information to whatever information center the system is linked too.

“If that distance doesn’t change within a given period of time, the navigation computer knows that your foot is stationary,” lead research Dan Stancil said, according to LiveScience.com.

The science is neat, and definitely has significance for dementia patients and others who lack the ability to figure out where they are. Children, however, have parents. Who can buy the shoes that will soon come out with the technology, or just keep a closer eye when they can. In the picture, we’re not sure who’s leading who, but someone will take responsibility.

[Image: A Gude via Flickr]

Tags: GPS improvements, Kiddie leashes, Science and Security

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