Can’t find the keys — or the family dog? A new project can help track them and other easy-to-lose objects using Bluetooth-enabled buttons.
You might be interested in a new device which has been developed called the StickNFind, which has started its journey from concept to production over on the Indiegogo crowd funding website. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the StickNFind project and see it in action.
StickNFind provides users with tiny Bluetooth stickers which can be attached to your goods enabling you to track them via the smartphone application. Stick-N-Find stickers are also equipped with a buzzer and light, so that you can find stuff also in the dark.
“The Radar Screen will display all your devices in a Radar type Screen. Of course, because we don’t really know direction, the radar Screen can only be used to approximate the distance of the Stick-N-Find to your phone, but not direction. So once you have located on the Radar Screen a Sticker you would like to find, you start walking in a specific direction, and see if it gets closer or farther.”
About the size of a coin, the StickNFind stickers can attach via adhesive to valued possessions and send a low-energy Bluetooth signal with a range of about 100ft.
So far the team behind it have developed apps compatible with smartphones with a range of features to help users track down their stickered-up possessions when they go missing.
The first function the app offers is a simple radar screen that approximates the distance – but not yet the location – of all the paired StickNFind stickers in range.
The technology does not yet allow the app to determine which direction the lost items are in, so users have to start walking while watching the screen to see whether the device they are hunting for gets closer.
A second feature, which the designers call the Virtual Leash, allows users to set an alarm to sound whenever a sticker moves a predetermined distance from your phone. This feature could be used to keep track of your children at the playground, for example, or to remind you if you’re getting ready to leave the house for work and forget to pick up your keys.
A third feature called Find It helps to locate any items that are out of range by setting an alarm to sound as soon as they appear on the app’s radar, allowing you to begin using it to track down the lost item as soon as you are nearby. The stickers themselves will keep going for up to a year on a watch-type battery.
They include buzzers and flashing lights that can be activated remotely to help users track them down and one smartphone can be paired with as many as 20. The Stick-N-Find location stickers are the brainchild of John Mitts, an engineer at SSI America which is a product development company specialising in small electronics.
The StickNFind project is currently over on the Indiegogo website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think StickNFind is something you could benefit from, visit the Indiegogo website now to make a pledge and help StickNFind become a reality.