Ever since I featured The Tile, a tiny Bluetooth key-finder fob that works with an iPhone app, on Technopolis TV last August, I have waited in vain to lose my keys. Then on the two occasions when I genuinely couldn’t find my keys, I forgot they were fitted with The Tile.
The problem with the multiplicity of such tiny Bluetooth gadgets is that they only work, if you’re lucky, within a radius of 50m or less, while the majority of lost things are a good deal further away. This new Finnish product will alert you if you leave your keys or phone somewhere, but it also has a much more important feature. With a simple push of its single, rubbery button, anyone with a BiiSafe Buddy can share their location by GPS with people of their choosing, or create emergency alerts to notify others where they are. You see the location on a clear map on your phone or computer.
While pushing a button is a little beyond the average lost cat, children or teenagers could certainly use it. And, while The Tile lasts around a year before you have to order a new one at a discounted rate, the BiiSafe Buddy has the advantage of running for up to 12 months at a time on a standard watch battery. Giving you and me plenty more time to lose our keys.
Without deliberately losing his personal items to do so, our tech guru has previously tested the Elgato location finder a Bluetooth appcessory for iDevices, and a GlobaTrak TrakDot, a superb luggage-tracking device that takes the stress out of travel.