Are you someone who misplaces items, car keys, TV remote control, mobile phones, your car all the time? Do you spend more time searching for items than on productive things? Then StickNFind may be something that you should take a look at. StickNFind is a technology that combines low-energy Bluetooth stickers with an app on your mobile phone so that you can track items easily. You attach the sticker to a device that you misplace often so that you can scan for it at any time using the app running on your mobile phone. While this won't help you if you happen to misplace your phone more than anything else, it should be golden for other items that you tend to misplace.
Here is a quick rundown of the most important features:
The item has a couple of interesting features the creators have built into the application. You get a radar like display that you can use to find out if you are getting closer or further away from the item you have attached the sticker to. The technology can't display directions on the radar though, so you may need to walk around a bit before you know where to go.
Two additional features have been implemented to counter this. You can use the app on your phone to have the sticker emit a light or a buzzing sound which should help with the identification of the location it is currently in.
There are also two additional features of interest. The Virtual Leash feature for instance informs you when a sticker moves further away from your location than you have selected. This can be interesting for a number of items or people including your children playing on a playground, your backpack or purse, or any other item of value that you want close by at all times.
The second feature is called Find It which will alarm you once you get in range of an item. This can be useful for items that your phone can't find right now because of range. Once you enter the proximity you will be informed that an item is now in range.
Here is a teaser video:
StickNFind is currently a project on the Indiegogo crowd funding platform. The creators have already surpassed the goal of $70,000. With 11 days to go, they have received more than $520,000. Perks begin by $35 which will get you 2 Stick-N-Find Bluetooth stickers, the app will be freely available.
I can't really see myself using those for a number of reasons. I do think they are still too large, but the main issue that I have with them is the range which is not really that good. I'd prefer something that could track an item over a longer distance. This may be future tech and all though.
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