In an interesting use of technology, a worried mother in UK has asked her son to carry a GPS tracking device as he goes around the world on a gap year trip.
With the help of GPS technology, Rachel Wilder can now exactly pinpoint the location of her teenage son Harry within a distance of nearly 15 feet from his body.
Harry, who incidentally starts at Oxford Brookes University this September, is also quite comfortable with the tracking device and he hopes that the device may less the intrusion that he would normally experience from his parents on such a trip.
Harry started his tour in January this year from Africa and currently is traveling through Australia; he also has plans to go through Thailand in near future.
It is interesting to note that this technology was initially designed to track farm animals like horses; however the increasing risks associated with international travel has lead to the application of such technology on humans.
Explaining her rationale behind the decision, Rachel said: "The point of a gap year is to go away and not be hounded by your parents but, equally, it's quite nice to know where they are without constantly ringing up.
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Phones can be used as trackers, albeit, not with the precision of a GPS though. Eagle eyed readers will remember back in January that a company called Num8 sold a wristwatch that hid a GPS chip. Chances are that Rachel used this exact technology, which costs only £149 + £60 annual fee, to track the bearer's movement.