In my house, finding the keys is always a challenge and the only reason that we can watch TV is because I can use my smart phone as a remote control (yes, the remote is long gone!) Keeping track of our iPhones, iPods and iPads is easy, we use the Find My iPhone app several times a week. So imagine, if you could use an app similar to Find My iPhone for your everyday objects – like those keys?
Introducing Tile. Is a small device that works via Bluetooth. You adhere the device to any item via the hole (for a keychain or purse) or by sticking with the adhesive tape. Whenever you need to locate an item, login to the Tile App (iOS only at this time) and Tile will make a sound. Let’s say you left something at the grocery store and you can’t hear the noise. The way Tile works, if any other Tile app user comes near your lost item that is tagged with a Tile – the GPS location will be sent to your phone.
Tile is currently doing a self starter campaign (think IndieGogo or Kickstarter). The goal of Reveal Labs, creator of Tile was to raise $20,000 before July 23. Today, they are at $1.7 million with over 31,759 backers (that’s 8610% of what they were wanting to raise.) By those numbers, it looks like I’m not the only one totally impressed with Tile. You can pre-purchase a Tile for $18.95 (and even bigger discounts if you buy multiples!) Tile will ship in the Winter of 2013/2014. The device lasts a year.
I think the Tile device may just be my favorite new tech gadget that’s launched this year. I can see this being a functional items that I could use in my everyday life, plus did I mention it’s affordable? Here’s the low down on Tile and why you should be excited about this little device.
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