Are you prone to losing things and have trouble finding lost items? Do you frequent the lost and found?
If you are one of those people, the new Tile device may save you a lot of time finding lost items.
For those unfamiliar with Tile, it is a small plastic tag that you can stick to items you’re likely to misplace. Tile pairs with the smartphone app that helps you locate your lost items. According to the article, “Tile Might Be a Revolutionary Gizmo For Finding Lost Keys and Stolen Purses” by Kyle VanHemert, Tile sells for about $20 and helps you find your items by using the hot/cold method as long as you are within a 50-150 range. Tile then emits a beeping sound to help you zero-in on the object.
Thankfully, the microscopic march of radio technology may finally deliver us a better answer. Tile, a new product that combines tiny plastic tags with a companion smartphone app, promises to help lost stuff get found once and for all. But that’s just part of its potential. If adopted widely, a crowdsourced network of users could be a powerful resource for recovering stolen stuff too. It could, as Nick Evans, one of Tile’s founders, says, “open up new ways of finding stuff that people didn’t think were possible.”
But first, the more modest functionality. You start by buying the Tile itself–a small, waterproof plastic square, a little bit bigger than a postage stamp. You can pre-order one for $19, or you can get 4 for just over $50. You attach your Tiles to the stuff you don’t want to lose–you can affix them to a computer or a TV remote with an included two-sided adhesive strip, or use the built-in loop to fasten one to your key chain–and you’re set. When any of those things go missing, the Tile iPhone app will give you “warmer, warmer”-style direction to the object, as long as you’re within the 50-150 foot range. All the while, when triggered, a tiny speaker inside each Tile emits a little beep, helping you zero-in for the find once you’re close by.