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21st Century Lost-and-Found: High-Tech Gadgets that Help You Find What’s Missing

Last updated on January 30, 2019 at 01:13 pm

How much time have you wasted looking for stuff that’s right under your nose?

Microchips track down our lost pets. GPS-enabled devices watch over our cars. But what about the smaller yet equally essential things in life: our bikes, smartphones, keys, purses and wallets?

Earlier this year, the New York Times ran a piece called “In Your Pocket, a Lost-and-Found,” about the latest crop of gadgets that help us keep track of our things. Prompted by some soul searching after the journalist lost his bag in a cab in New York City, the story had a happy ending thanks to a traceable credit card receipt. What would you do if you lost your wallet, your smartphone and your laptop?

It’s only a matter of time before technology makes it economical and practical enough to attach teeny-tiny sticker-sensors on everything we own—wedding rings, sunglasses, credit cards, winter coats, and the like. In the meantime, there are gadgets on the way this year whose developers have attempted to combine hardware, apps, and cloud/Bluetooth-based technology to keep you and your things united.

  • “Linquet” was designed to stop your things from going missing in the first place. A cloud-based, Bluetooth-enabled device, Linquet sounds an alarm when you and your items are separated. Linquet’s creators claim the product will trigger an alarm if you and your items drift beyond a certain distance apart. Each device costs around $30 and you can learn more at www.linquet.com.
  • “Tile” doesn’t run on batteries and its developers claim it can last up to a year (you’ll get an envelope for recycling along with your renewal reminder). The product uses GPS and crowd sourcing to help locate lost items, establishing a wider range to find a lost item, especially if there are plenty of other Tiles in your neighborhood. Tile is set to ship out this winter. One Tile costs $18.95; $56.85 gets you four Tiles. You can order them on www.thetileapp.com.
  • X marks the (parking) spot. Never lose your car in a parking garage again. Plymouth Rock’s new mobile app will find your car after a long trip at the mall or a day of sightseeing. Our app can also help you do things like pay your bill or file a claim.

Linquet and Tile are just examples of the new products out there. We have not tried these products ourselves and do not endorse or recommend any particular product. If you are interested in these types of products, you should do your own research before making any purchases.

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