Tile’s Bluetooth-Connected Lost Item Finder Will Help You Find Your Wallet

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If you have a smartphone, chances are you’ve installed some way to track your device, should it get lost or stolen. Both Android and iOS have “find my phone” features. But what about your wallet? Your keys? Your laptop? Your tablet? Your passport? Your handbag or schoolbag? Your luggage? Or, really, any other important item that you want to be sure not to lose forever, and that you want to ensure that you can find again?

One possible option would be the Tile bluetooth-connected finder for lost items. A fun new gadget in their product line, as of this week, is the “Tile Slim,” which is teeny-tiny and designed to fit into your wallet. Or you could get the Tile Slim Adhesive version and stick it onto the bottom of a laptop.

Even if the Tile gets lost and its signal is out of range for your phone’s bluetooth, another Tile user might be able to trace the signal. The company’s “Smart Location Platform” lets you check to see if anyone else can track down your lost item’s signal.

This sounds really futuristic and cool, but it’s also kinda scary, like you’re voluntarily putting a tracking device into all your stuff. Great plot-line for a cyberpunk horror story, if you ask me … or a real-life horror story where somebody else uses this device to track you without you realizing it. The future is great and terrible, as usual!

(via TechCrunch, image via Tile)

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