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StickNFind helps you locate things you have misplaced

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:

  • Has a range of about 100 foot max
  • Battery lasts for about a year, is replaceable
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Diameter 24mm, thickness 4mm
  • Weight 4.5 grams
  • Stickers use 3M VHB adhesive
  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • Not waterproof

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.

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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.

Verdict

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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Comments

  1. KoalaBear said on January 4, 2013 at 10:09 am
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    Would be very nice if they because cheaper in the future. But what if you lost your phone, my wife did lately :P

    Then I could find it back offcourse.

  2. Jojo said on January 4, 2013 at 10:49 am
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    Those stickers need to be 50 cents each.

  3. ilev said on January 4, 2013 at 10:57 am
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    You can stick it on small children when visiting a park or a mall…, so they would be easy to find when you lose contact.

  4. KoalaBear said on January 4, 2013 at 11:19 am
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    @ilev:
    I saw that one in the promotion video. Then the price for this can be ‘priceless’.

    But then the range of 30 meter is too ‘short’. 30 meters is nothing in a mall or shopping center.

    Wikipedia:
    Bluetooth low energy (BLE) is a feature of Bluetooth 4.0 wireless radio technology, aimed at new, principally low-power and low-latency, applications for wireless devices[1] within a short range (up to 50 metres / 160 feet -see table below).

    Other site says up to 65 meter. 50+ meter is reasonable. But you also need to take into account the walls.

    But for inside it’s perfect, but then the price if high just for your keys :P

  5. Kao said on January 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm
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    Cool! I want something like this as a security device: put the sticker in/on some item you fear might be stolen when travelling, e.g. your bag. If the sticker moves 10 feet away from your phone then it starts to blink and buzz (as loudly as possible). It could be useful the other way around too: put a sticker in your pocket. If stealthily steals your phone and moves it 10 feet away from you the phone and the sticker in your pocket sound an alarm.

  6. Shawn said on January 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm
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    I’m going to have to buy this and stick them to every dollar I own because my money keeps on dissapearing all the time xD

    Nice tool but the range is too short for my needs I’d have theses things on all my computer tools this way I’d remember not to forget anything at a job.

  7. Shawn said on January 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm
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    @Kao

    Your a genius… now that’s a great way to use this product as a proximity sensor.

  8. Jason Loop said on January 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm
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    I purchased a 2-pack after reading this and other articles… I agree with your verdict that it is too expensive but they already announced retail price is $99 which is way more than the $35 on Indiegogo for the next few days.

    Live in a 2000 sq/ft home and loose keys all the time, maybe I’ll still have to walk room to room but this WILL pay for itself.

  9. Jojo said on January 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm
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    Or you could put a hook in the wall, hang your keys on it when you came into the house and solve the problem that way. :)

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