ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The zoo, the shopping mall, and Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. They all mean one thing: big crowds. It’s almost inevitable that sometimes kids and parents will get split up.
Stewart Walker says he invented a tracking system to hopefully prevent that after watching a mother accidentally leave her small child behind in an Albuquerque store. The tracking device is either added to a pair or shoes or is built-in. It connects to a key fob using bluetooth technology.
“If that person was to get out of your sight or out of the area, [the key fob] goes off. It’s before they get lost,” Walker said.
Walker says his White Lyte tracking system can be turned on and off as needed, and that it’s powered by a rechargeable battery.
He says he has two special groups in mind for the product: children on the autism spectrum, and adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Walker’s mother lost her fight with Alzheimer’s two years ago. He says he tried out his product on her.
“They get out of their house and they don’t know where they live. That was my experience. It was really scary, so I’m glad I had these shoes on her, because she did try to get out of the house a couple times,” Walker said.
Stewart says the price for his shoes and devices are comparatively low, running between about $60 and $120.