A Canadian company has designed a GPS-based wander management wristwatch capable of tracking those with dementia—and calling their caregivers with the location details.
The TRiLOC Personal Locator, developed by iLOC Technologies, Montreal, and scheduled to hit the market next month, looks and feels like a digital wristwatch, but it performs more functions than Dick Tracy’s wrist radio.
The device is a product of the miniaturization trend, stuffing sophisticated GPS and cellular communications technology into a bracelet barely three inches wide. As both a tracking device and a communications device, it can transmit the wearer’s location to a caregiver’s cell phone app or to a secure tracking website, and allows caregivers to have a two-way conversation with the wearer. Through settings, specific wander management perimeters can be set, alerting caregivers before the wearer even wanders off the property.