The occasional inability to locate lost luggage is one of the most unnerving challenges of modern air travel
, a new lost-and-found system for personal belongings, may provide a solution for suitcases hiding in baggage claim. The discreet tracking chip can be attached to, or placed inside, items ranging from wallets to bikes and, of course, suitcases. Communicating via a companion app
that plays a game of “hot and cold” when the user is within a 50-150 foot range of the object, Tile has a built-in speaker alert so that even keys lost to couch cushions can be found.
tracking system can be used to locate pretty much any personal effect other than a smartphone. Indeed, the scheme relies on communication between a battery-operated, Bluetooth-connected identification chip and a mobile app
to locate lost items, much like Tile. The tiny stickers, about the size and thickness of a quarter, have both buzzers and lights, making it easy to find, say, a dropped wallet in a darkened movie theatre. Moreover, a Virtual Leash feature provides pet owners with peace of mind
by signaling them via phone alarm if their dog or cat ventures farther than a specified distance.
The Cobra Tag
key fob can also be used to find misplaced keys, laptops, and handbags. Perhaps more importantly for those whose phones are frequent victims of absentmindedness, it's also a 2-way finder
that can alert one if their precious Droid is left behind by sending an email notification with the last known time it was near the sensor and its GPS coordinates. Automated requests to help find lost items can also be posted to Facebook or Twitter. The companion app, Phone Halo
, includes security features that automatically lock one's phone when out of range of a tagged item.