We are not talking in life terms here but in terms of objects, do you lose a lot of things? We have selected three trackers that help us all stay in contact with our most valuable products. Bluetooth trackers seem to be readily available but which gives the best value and is right for your needs. Let’s take a look.
Stick ‘n’ Find
A crowd funded project that has grown quickly and really is one of the simplest and most useful of all BLE tracking devices. Using a 3M VHB adhesive, the trackers stick to many varying surfaces including; glass, plastic, painted surfaces, leather, metal and more. At the size of a 10p piece and with the look of a coat button, the Stick ‘n’ Find really appears unobtrusive. With a BLE range of up to 30 metres and connecting to a variety of Smartphones via the official app, Stick ‘n’ Find has a wide range of uses. The official app allows for 20 trackers to be located at one time, and the user can select which object they are locating by sending a signal to the device to buzz or flash. As their website suggests, being able to track luggage at an airport could potentially eradicate the need for all those unique suitcase trappings on the conveyor belt and allow users to wait for an alert before collecting their bags. Useful.
Of course Stick ‘n’ Find has many uses that other trackers do also, such as e-leash, which sends an alert to the users’ Smartphone when a device has been left a certain distance away e.g. a wallet, purse or keys. At $49.99 for a pack of two, Stick ‘n’ Find is not a cheap device so having 20 maybe a stretch, but stick one on your passport, keys, wallet, suitcase or just about anything important and the peace of mind is worth every cent.
Duet is another crowd funded project this time from PROTAG. Duet is a dedicated alarm device that connects to your Smartphone and alerts the user when they have left their Smartphone behind. Similarly to Stick ‘n’ Find with their e-leash system, Duet is the reverse of this. PROTAG have created a device that can fit naturally onto a key ring, laptop case, handbag etc at 2.8 x 2.8cm. Happily the Duet can also be alerted via the official app if you have misplaced the object it was attached too by sending a command from the Smartphone. 10 Duets can be located at one time on a digital map, but it seems close range is really where this device stands out and more than one seems a bit extreme. At a reasonable $19 per Duet the value is certainly a positive over the Stick ‘n’ Find although Duet is limited in the amount of uses.
Tile is without doubt the most polished looking tracking device of all three and has elements of both Duet and Stick ‘n’ Find. Similarly to Duet, Tile attaches to other important objects such as keys, bag straps etc, and is also of similar size to Duet. Where the two differ is in terms of how they are tracked. Tile similarly to Stick ‘n’ Find has a dedicated app which is incredibly user friendly. Combining a digital map, alongside a signal strength indicator allows the user to easily locate the relevant missing object. Intuitively the app permits the user to allow other Smartphone users to help in the search by giving them access to the missing Tile. The Tile plays a melody once in range of the Smartphone to finally reunite the user with the missing object. Tile is available for $20 per unit so is similar in price to Duet although only 8 can be located at one time as opposed to 10 Duet, or 20 Stick ‘n’ Find.
In conclusion it really comes down to what is affordable for you, Stick ‘n’ Find certainly has more uses overall, Duet is the cheapest of the three and could save you from the loss of your expensive Smartphone, but Tile with its combination of uses combined with the cost makes it our pick for all those of a forgetful…. a forgetful….nature.
For more information about all of the trackers see here: Stick ‘n’ Find, Duet, Tile.