Are you the sort of person who can’t find their keys at home no matter how much you turn the house upside down? Or maybe you tend to leave your smartphone behind everywhere you go? Well, you may want to look into the Tile; a small Bluetooth enabled device that you can attach to any object and locate using a smartphone.
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Previously Tile was only available on iOS but now Android users can rejoice as it has become compatible for them too. The simple design features a hole so that you can attach it to your keys and it can also be stuck onto other items you just can’t afford to lose using the adhesive square stickers that come with it.
If you cannot find whatever object your Tile is attached to, you can ping it using the smartphone app and it will play a sound until you find it. The Bluetooth capability also means that the screen displays just how far away you are from the Tile. If you are out of the 150 foot range of detection, then you can still hunt the Tile using the Community Find feature. This relies on other users of the Tile app and if they detect your Tile, the last known location is passed on to you.
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Tile is built from durable materials and is completely sealed meaning that it’s waterproof. This may sound like a great feature but it introduces one big flaw in the design – you cannot replace the battery. The idea is to buy another $25 Tile when then battery runs out. The company claims the battery life is around a year, so, it almost becomes a yearly subscription to not lose your stuff. And this can rack up costs if you planned on using Tile for multiple items too, although there is reduction on bulk buys.
Another problem expressed by Venture Beat’s Simon Cohen is that at the moment, not enough people are using Tile. As there is no GPS, then if nobody in your local area is using Tile, hunting your item pretty useless if they are already outside the 150 foot range. You will have the last known location of Tile though so you can see if you left it at a friend’s or the cafe you left earlier.
In order to gain more traction Tile needs to get more users on-board and create a more dense network of users. Or, it could just turn to GPS locating? I seem to lose the TV remote with such ease so sticking one of these to it would be great, but, having to replace them each year kinda puts me off and only really makes it worthy for expensive items to make this a good investment.