GPS device in shoes could ease parents’ worries

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Parents afraid of losing track of their children might want to consider purchasing a pair of sneakers with a GPS chip tucked into the bottom of the shoe.

The sneakers, which will be available this summer, were created by Isaac Daniel, an engineer who started working on the idea after his son was reported missing (the boy was safe).

Daniel has created shoes for both adults and children and says wearing the sneakers is like having a second set of eyes watching over a loved one. A person can be located with a press of a button, which activates the GPS, provides the location and sends it to a 24-hour monitoring service, which costs an additional $19.95 a month.

The shoes are only meant for serious incidents. The wearer will be liable for all law enforcement charges incurred by responding to non-emergencies.

The shoes resemble other running shoes and the buttons, one to activate and one to cancel, are inconspicuous.

For those with ever-expanding feet, Daniels will introduce a plug-and-wear version so that the electronic module from an old shoe can be put into a new pair.

The shoes, which cost between $325 and $350 for adult sizes, are for “peace of mind,” Daniel said.

Colorado company helping government

Westminster-based SkyeTek is working with the government to develop a device that would help the military track casualties and medical resources.

The military will be testing the company’s coin-sized technology which can be used in handheld devices.

Lt. Cmdr. Carl Manumit of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory said the military has been working on putting small devices in wristbands placed on injured soldiers.

IBM getting ‘faster’

IBM says it will introduce an on-chip technology that will feature “the fastest access times ever recorded in eDRAM (embedded dynamic random access memory).”

The new technology, which will be available in 2008, will reduce power consumption for its next generation microprocessors and will increase processing speed for graphics for gaming applications and other intensive multimedia applications.

The microprocessor’s low power consumption will represent about 20 percent of current static random access memory (SRAM).

The new technology will be featured in IBM’s 45 nanometer microprocessor roadmap, available next year.

The company said that the microprocessor takes up about one-third the space and has one-fifth the standby power of conventional SRAM while improving on-processor memory performance.

Save the planet, get a $25 million thank you

Do you know how to vacuum the planet-warming gases that have collected in the atmosphere? If so, you could be the recipient of a $25 million prize offered by British billionaire and Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson in his effort to extract greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and other leading environmentalists have joined Branson in the “Virgin Challenge.”

Branson said that man created the problem and therefore should fix it.

The winner of the contest will receive $5 million after judges rule that an effective carbon dioxide removal system is in place. The remaining $20 million would be dispersed during the next 10 years if the judges rule the invention has long-term effectiveness.

Technology leaders convene

Technology leaders from across the country will meet in Denver on May 6-8 for the 2007 Technology Leadership Conference.

Local officials from a diverse group of government services will be present and a variety of topics will be discussed, including how cities and counties can maximize their investment in technology, innovations in environmental management, GIS, e-government and Web services.

New time change equals potential problems

With Daylight Savings Time taking effect March 11 (the second Sunday of March) instead of the first Sunday of April this year, companies are promoting patches so that computer operating systems and mobile devices are not negatively affected.

Bank transaction errors, calendaring applications working improperly, missed deadlines for time-sensitive enrollment programs, missed international conference meetings and phone companies charging peak rates at non-peak hours are all examples of potential problems that could arise from not preparing correctly for the new time change.

China to up tech, spending

China will spend $3.85 billion within the next five years on 147 technology/science programs such as magnetically-levitated trains running at 310 mph, wind power stations and sea water desalination technology, according to its Ministry of Science and Technology.

Money for the programs will come from the central budget, private companies, local governments and institutes.

Lorna Gutierrez covers technology for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.