Everybody has its valuable stuff, like high tech electronic devices, which are becoming more and more used by people from all around the world, garage door’s remote control, pets, wallets, luggage and the list may easily go on. All of these things are not cheap at all or may represent a lot for you and losing them might be very frustrating.
Furthermore, if you are one of the people that misplace their keys, TV remote controls or other stuff, and you don’t remember where exactly you have put them, this is the right place for you. Everybody knows that it can be a real pain in the neck to search all of your house in order to find them and that’s why, different manufactures created some useful gadgets and tools that help you track items with ease, preventing them to become lost.
Tools and Gadgets to Track Lost Items
There are various devices that may be very handy when you have misplaced one of your things. They can be either standalone devices that track your lost items or gadgets that work together with especially designed applications for your Android and iOS mobile phones. The most popular are the ones that can be attached to your valuable stuff and easily be found via a wireless or Bluetooth connection with the help of your smartphone or tablet. In the following lines you will find a list with the best options you may get now.
Tile is a device that helps people to find their lost items, which was realized thanks to a campaign on Selfstarter. a crowdfunding platform where people can bring their projects to life. Their idea has raised over 2.5 million dollars from almost 50 thousand people that trusted them and their concept.
A great thing about the gadget is that it measures only 36mm x 36mm x 4.2mm, being the size of a simple matchbook, and that it uses the Bluetooth 4.0 technology, which makes possible to use the device for about a year without recharging.
Tile can be used to find everything you imagine, all you have to do is to stick it to your laptop or smartphone, drop it in your purse, attach it to your keys and your worries disappear. The rest is very simple, because from the special application that is installed on mobile devices, users can track the distance to their lost items with just some touches.
The device has other features too, like the possibility of logging into your account from other smartphones to search for your items. Also, you can trigger a Tile to ring so you can find it easier by following the sound. Users can even share Tiles with others, either family, coworkers or friends, using their secured cloud based platform.
The most interesting feature that has this device is the capability of finding items even if they were stolen or went missing. Users have to mark that particular Tile as a “Lost Item”, which will activate all other Tile apps to search for it. If any of them finds the lost thing in its range, it will automatically send a message to you with its exact location.
Unfortunately for the Android users, the device will be compatible only with iOS devices (iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th generation, and iPod Touch 5th generation). Good to know is that in the following future its manufacturers will develop an app for Android too.
The device is available only for pre-orders, buy 3 Tiles and receive 1 for free for $59.85.
Wallet TrackR is a tracking device that is also available thanks to a crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. The device is ultra-thin, very easy to use and it’s capable of finding your lost item in just seconds, using one of your mobile devices, either smartphone or tablet. This little gadget permits users to monitor the location of any valuable item and allows them to locate it with just 3 swipes.
The locating device can be used in different ways and on a various number of valuable stuff, either slipped into your wallet, attached to your car keys or placed into your backpack. Within the app, users are able to see with only a tap of a button where their items are placed. The app is even capable of guiding users through their house in case they misplaced something, and even to ring that particular item.
A great feature of this app is the one that permits to find your phone using one of the TrackRs. You will only have to press on the button that is placed on the device and your phone will ring, even if it’s on silent mode. Also, in case you forget your phone in the house and you want to leave the house, the little gadget will ring in order to remind you that.
So, stop wasting time looking for your lost items, keep everything that is important at just fingertips using Wallet TrackR. The device can be bought for $29.95 or as pack of 4 pieces for $79.95 from the official website. Also, the application for your mobile device is available for both Android and iOS users and it can be downloaded from Google Play Store and iTunes for free.
Developers also created a smaller version of the Wallet TracKr, the StickR TrackR or the Button TrackR, which has the size of a regular coin. All of the features all also included into this little circular-shaped device that can be pre-ordered for $24.95 a piece or for $89.95 for a bundle that includes 5 devices.
Stick-N-Find is the perfect gadget for you to find your misplaced or lost items because of its ease of use and very small dimension. Basically, the device is about the size of a US quarter and has a built-in Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology, which permits the sticker to be functionally over a year, without having to recharge it. Furthermore, it has the range of 100 feet line of sight and weighs only 0.15 ounces (4.5 grams).
This ultra-small device can be attached to your remote controls, keys, laptops, tablets and even on your cats’ or dogs’ leash and your children’s stuff. Using the special applications for mobile devices, users can activate on their tracking devices a buzzer or a light, in order to find their lost things much easier even in the dark. Also, users are able to see their stuff on a radar and to do this, they have to simply select the Radar Screen feature within the app and all of their tagged items will appear on the display if they are in the range.
Another interesting feature is named the Virtual Leash, where users can connect multiple stickers and create a virtual proximity so that if any of their items moves away from that maximum distance, the app will notify them. This can be very useful when you go with your kids to the park or when one of your pets goes missing. In addition, the app allows users to add different ringing bells for each sticker.
The device comes in six colors (black, pink, red, blue, white, clear) and it’s available in packs of 2 ($49.99), 4, 6, 10 ($199.99) or 20 stickers. Also, the application is available until now only for the following mobile devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, The New Touch, The New iPad, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S3, S3 mini, Galaxy S4 and Note II. If you own one of the mentioned devices, go to the following links and download the app for your Android or iOS based smartphone or tablet.
You should also take a look at hipKey, which is one of the best devices from the lost and found gadgets field. The great thing about this device is the fact that it can detect your lost items that are in a range of 50 meters (164 feet) from the mobile device. The tiny device is made from a one-piece anodized aluminum and it’s capable of various things, like creating a loud alarm (90 dB), detect motion, blink into the dark with red and green LEDs and more. The recharging process is made via micro-USB.
Another thing that stands up for this device is its mobile application, which allows users to set 4 different functionality mods (Child Mode, Alarm Mode, Motion Mode and Find Me), create safe zones where the phone won’t alarm them if it loses the connection with the tagged item and others. hipKey can be bought from the Apple store for the price of $89.95 with free delivery, while the app can be downloaded from here.