Electronic Bracelet Inspired by Spiderman.

The development of the “electronic bracelet” was inspired by a Spiderman comic strip in 1977 read by Judge Jack Love, a New Mexico district court judge Spiderman was being tracked by a transmitter worn on his wrist (Gable. 1986). The judge persuaded Michael Goss, a computer salesman, to develop a similar device. In 1983, the first of these new electronic monitors was developed by Goss for monitoring five offenders in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Gable, 1986). The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) evaluated the effort and concluded that the equipment operated successfully, and that it was legally tenable and cost-effective as an alternative to incarceration (Ford and Schmidt, 1985).