There are a number of small phone app-based tracking devices in development but stick-on Button TrackR has an extra something. The phones of other people running the app can pick up the signal and flag the location to a server if the object (or person) is out of range of the owner’s device. The developers’ modest crowdfunding target of $15,000 has been wildly exceeded. It’s publicity that money can’t buy. Button TrackR adds crowd sourced tracking to search for lost objects (Gizmag)
According to a BBC TV report (may not be viewable outside the UK), Sussex Police has become the first force in Britain to pay for GPS tracking to help people with dementia. They are using the £27/month Mindme device.
UPDATE 2 May: Mike Clark on the 3millionlives LinkedIn group has pulled together links to items that are appearing in response to the above BBC report. For readers without access to the group they are from the Guardian; the Telegraph, the BBC and the Alzheimer’s Society. Judging by the comments on the Guardian article, the National Pensioners Convention badly misjudged the public mood on this one, and their press release muddles the issues of service funding, who should be responsible for people with dementia, and social isolation.