The tracking of children and adults with Global Positioning System satellites (GPS) is a fairly new technology that will soon become commonplace. Parents are using the technology to keep track of their children and some couples are using it to track each other’s whereabouts. At the same time government bureaucrats will be tracking as many people as possible.
A wristwatch designed to track the movements of children is the latest gadget in “child monitoring” technology currently on the market (GPS wristband). Increasingly, parents are turning to technology to monitor their children’s movements. The latest device is the Num8 digital wristwatch, which enables parents to keep track of their children via satellite.
The gadget is designed by the British company Lok8u. For £149 ($218). Worried parents can keep an eye on their children’s whereabouts through a GPS chip hidden inside the watch. The chip can transmit the location of the child and alert parents by text as accurately as the name of the road, which the child is sited.
A new piece of free Google software recently released allows people to keep track of each other using their cell phones, and while it is opt-in, it is sure to create a privacy firestorm. “What Google Latitude does is allow you to share that location with friends and family members, and likewise be able to see friends and family members’ locations,” Steve Lee, product manager for Google Latitude, told CNET. “For example, a girlfriend could use it to see if her boyfriend has arrived at a restaurant and, if not, how far away he is.”
Brick House Security is another company that is marketing GPS wristbands for children that will enable parents know to where their children are 24-7. These GPS locators can also be worn by adults. It is an excellent way of keeping track of an elderly person who has dementia or Alzheimer’s.
GPS tracking of people will become a popular fad in the near future. Parents will track their children, spouses will track each other and so will friends. At the same time, government bureaucrats will be tracking as many people as possible. Eventually everyone on the planet will be forced to wear a GPS transponder of some kind with many opting for the implantable GPS transponders.