Good news for anyone prone to losing the TV remote.
A group of developers created a series of Bluetooth-powered stickers that track down the objects you're most likely to misplace. The StickNFind stickers are about the size of a U.S. quarter and sync with a smartphone app. They have a range of about 100 feet and a battery life that reportedly lasts almost a year.
Using them is easy: The objects you tag with the stickers are displayed on the app's screen, which lets you know how far away you are from them. If you lose something that's tagged, you can tap the object on your phone's screen, and the sticker will buzz and light up.
The developers say the stickers are also handy for finding your luggage at the airport. With the "Find It" feature, you can choose which object you want to track -- in this case, your suitcase(s) -- and you'll receive an alert whenever it comes into range. So, instead of crowding around baggage claim while hundreds of bags pile up on the conveyor belt, you can relax in the back of the line until your phone buzzes.
The group behind the project is currently raising funds through an Indiegogo campaign. At the time of this writing, funding was at $93,007 -- far past its original goal of $70,000. There are still 41 days left to donate. The group expects to release its first batch of SkickNFind stickers by March 2013.
December 06, 2012