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Tile: community driven device location device crowdfunds over $1,000,000

We all lose our stuff. It’s part of life; you accidentally leave your favorite jacket at a restaurant, your wallet falls out of your pocket into a shrub, or somebody decides that they like your bike more than the fixer they’re riding. A new company, Tile, has plans for a unique way to figure out where your stuff is at all times and they’re looking for just US$20,000 in crowdsourced funding to start production. Tile’s self-named product is a tiny Bluetooth LE device that you attach to or embed in something that you don’t want to lose. Clip one to a bike, stick one in the pocket of your jacket or your wallet, and even put one on the dog’s collar. A US$25 Tile has battery life for one year, at which time you’ll need to replace it and recycle the old one for reuse. Now here’s the big news: with most “find your stuff” type apps and devices, you’re limited by the range of Bluetooth (maybe 100 feet at the best). That means that unless you know where the heck you lost your stuff, you’re out of luck finding it. How Tile plans to expand the range to … […]

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