Tile – another brilliant idea!

They call it the world’s largest lost and found!

Tile is a tiny gadget that works on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect with other Bluetooth devices. Apparently, you just attach, stick or drop your Tile into any item you might lose: laptops, wallets, keys, guitars, bikes—you name it. You can then beep it with your phone, if you want to find it. The App even remembers where it last saw your tile (and what’s attached to it of course). You can even see if you are getting closer or further from a Tile via the app.

And here’s the best part! Tiles talk to each other. So, even if you are far away from your tile, you may be able to track its location through an entire network of tiles! That really is genius!

Downside: Unbelievably it only works with iOS devices. And I don’t have any of those. :-( They have a lame statement on their website that Android’s support for Bluetooth is not good enough – I find that really hard to believe. Perhaps it is true, but then there are other devices using BLE on Android successfully.

Tiles cost between $15 and $20 depending on how many you buy.  A strange contradiction I noticed though is that you can buy a pack of 12 tiles ($179.55 or just shy of $15 each), yet you can only add 10 tiles to an account.

They recently raised $2,681,297 (134 times their goal) on SelfStarter, which interestingly is a crowd funding platform that they started because KickStarter turned them down!


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