GPS Tracking Insoles

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ID ICAP-052
Seller Global Trek Xploration
Sector Footwear with GPS
Assets 9 - US Patents; 2 - US Applications; 3 - Foreign Applications
US Patents 6,788,200 7,474,206 7,920,059 8,289,156 8,902,060 RE40,879 RE41,087 RE41,102 RE41,122
Applications US 13/668,874; US 61/555,861; CA 20072641469; MX 20080010160; PCT/US07/03036

Lot Summary

One possibly desirable means of carrying a personal tracking device is to incorporate the personal tracking device into footwear. However, there are many obstacles to incorporating a personal tracking device into footwear, while maintaining the comfort, appearance, and affordability of the footwear. If the tracking device (including the antenna) is located in the sole of the footwear, the satellite location determination signals are shielded from the unit by the wearer’s foot, and so a relatively sensitive antenna is required. Another problem that must be addressed is that the circuitry of the tracking device must be protected from moisture, contamination, and damage, particularly where the footwear is designed for active children and/or outdoor activities such as hunting, wilderness hiking, jogging, and so on. If water gets into the tracking device, the electronic circuitry will short and become nonfunctional. If the tracking device is positioned in the sole of the footwear, the device must be capable of withstanding the weight of the wearer, even when running or jumping.

The present invention overcomes some or all the above-described problems associated with the prior art by providing footwear with a tracking device disposed in a cavity formed in the upper surface of the sole of the footwear. Another aspect of the present invention overcomes some or all of the above-described problems associated with the prior art by providing footwear with a tracking device disposed in the sole of the footwear and an antenna servicing the tracking device disposed in/on the upper of the footwear. The footwear includes a sole, a location determining device, and a wireless communication device. The location determining device and the wireless communication device are electronically coupled to one another and are disposed in a cavity formed in the top surface of the sole. The unit may be housed in a permanent cavity and/or in a replaceable or interchangeable draw type of approach allowing for the GPS unit to be interchangeable between different shoes. In a particular embodiment, the location determining device determines the position of the footwear using signals transmitted by a positioning system (e.g., a satellite or terrestrial based global positioning system). Alternatively, the location determining device obtains information indicative of the position of the footwear exclusively via the wireless communication device.

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Patent NumberFile History
6,788,200
7,474,206
7,920,059
8,289,156
8,902,060
RE40,879
RE41,087
RE41,102
RE41,122