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Scientists Pursue Seamless Sneaker-Tracking GPS Software

sneakersThe unrestrained GPS-integration movement spread to shoes last year, but sneaker-tracking technology has proven vulnerable to certain expected obstacles, like out-of-coverage areas. Apparently determined to ensure that no shoe goes unnoticed -- ever -- researchers from North Carolina State University are pursuing the development of portable footwear radar sensors.

NC State's official study, published in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, focuses on a "portable radar sensor prototype" that "attaches to a shoe." That radar relays a signal to an integrated navigation computer, which measures the distance between the shoe and the ground in order to determine whether the foot is stationary or in mid-step.

The technology could help to rectify other fallible GPS aids, like inertial measurement units, which help to track movements without an active GPS signal. Since GPS-equipped kicks definitely provide a beneficial service, particularly to children and the elderly, creating an effective and ceaseless tracking system seems like an obvious technological move. But, as the past has repeatedly demonstrated, when it comes to GPS accuracy -- nothing is ever fool (or foot) proof.

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