Tile Is By Far The Coolest Way To Find Your Lost Stuff

What if you lost your keys in-between your couch cushions last night and now you're late for work? What if you could pull out your phone and wander around your house to track where the keys were, or even better, how many times have you wished that your lost keys or wallet could call out to you when you lose them? Meet Tile: a nifty little gizmo to counter your stuff getting lost.

Tile sounds pretty simple: attach a Tile to your laptop, your keys, your wallet or even your bike and have it communicate via Bluetooth 4.0 with your iPhone to indicate distance and help you find stuff when it gets lost. Why didn't we think of this, right?

It's especially interesting when your Tile-tagged stuff gets stolen. Each Tile is marked with what it was attached to on the phone app, and if your bike gets stolen for example, you can mark the Tile as Lost. That then flags the Tile in the back-end, and if any Tile user goes near your lost Tile, it discreetly communicates with the back-end that it has been found. Then your app gets notified that some kind stranger has passed by your lost item, and marks it on a map for you. That's seriously nifty, but it's all going to depend on the range of Bluetooth 4.0, which Tile says is up to 150 feet.

Tile runs on Bluetooth 4.0, which means no Android support just yet. Sorry Googlers. Another weird pseudo-flaw with Tile is the battery situation. The Tile doesn't need to be recharged. It's a set and forget system, but it does only have a battery life of a year, which means you'll need to keep buying new Tiles every year to keep using the system. That's an interesting new take on a subscription model.

Right now Tile is available for pre-order, shipping in late 2013. You can still order a Tile for as little as $US18.95, or you can get multi-packs ranging up to 10 Tiles for $US170.55. Take my money! [Tile]


Comments

    About 10 years ago, I had a keychain that would beep when it heard you whistle.
    It didn't need bluetooth, and it had changeable batteries, and was about $5.

    I do like the "stolen mode" feature, but that only works if the technology actually gets used by lots of people.

      me too.
      Still got one.
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobar-Keyfinder-Keyring-Whistle-Activated/dp/B000246JIQ

      I had one of those... never responded to me no matter what I whistled. Then I got given another one, which beeped all the time to any noise. Gave up after that.

    So, is the Samsung TV around the YouTube video an indication that Gizmodo is sponsored, or YouTube? I'm confused.

      I suspect Gizmodo is the one being paid in this case, quite an effective marketing technique though and reasonably unobtrusive in my opinion.

    "If any user gets within the range of your stolen bike.." Or ""If any user gets within the range of your discarded tile.."

    "Compatibility

    Tile only works with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th gen, and iPod Touch 5th gen."

    *facepalm* Why do companies do this?

      because they're usually small (one product line) outfits started up by someone looking for a platform to sell their ideas.
      And like it or not, there are probably more iThing developers out there than Android. In hardware accessory terms. So far.

      There's also the possibility that iFans tend to loose things more often than, say, a normal person.? :p

      Because device engagement is higher on iOS. Browser usage is higher, app installs are higher, and developer revenue is higher.

        ...and because it uses Bluetooth 4.0, like it says in the article.

        Not necessarily true - browser usage and downloads are now higher on Android.
        Source: http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_browser-ww-monthly-201207-201306
        Source: http://mashable.com/2013/04/08/canalys-report/

        Revenue still significantly higher on iOS, but the gap is closing (73% / 27% split vs 81% / 19% split 12 months ago). It's also worth pointing out that a lot of apps are more expensive on iOS, e.g. Soundhound is $7.49 on iOS, but $6.49 on PlayStore. Vendors tend to charge more for apps on iOS because their customers have a higher tolerance for paid apps that those on Android.

      My guess is it's because it requires bluetooth 4.0 which I believe has better support for low-power devices.

    And what happens when you lose your phone?

      ITS CALLED..........

      FIND
      YOUR
      PHONE

      USE YOUR IPAD, LAPTOP OR MATES PHONE

      Actually the app is cloud based. Therefore, you can login from any IOS device to search your stuff. I would suggest you to use one on your phone so you can find it :) ... Problem solved!!!

      I want the #HTCOne for its: Design

    I've read that these "tiles" don't need recharging or batteries charged yet... They only last 1 year then need replacing ..... So whats that all about..... Great idea tho

    HTC one and Android 4.3 should have Bluetooth 4 support. Cant wait - I bought 4 of the damn things in haste. Doh! #HTCOne

    Umm looks great, but...it only lasts 1 year-ish after activation?! That sounds kind of like built-in obsolescence to me!
    And with is the app in the app store?! I can't find it!

    So does that mean that if i have an iphone 4 and not a 4s i can't use this?

    Having to rely on another passing Tile user to track your lost or stolen item is hit and miss. Not enough Tile users, limited range, and a lack of real time tracking ability discourages me from buying the product. Also, the idea of paying a long time in advance online for a unique product that has never been released is a risk.
    If it had the tracking ability of the Find my iPhone app it would be a winner. The Tile does not come close.

    I threw one away on the busiest street in Perth a week ago. Placed down the side of a building. Marked it as lost and it has never been found by anyone. 'Guess not many people have the app on their phone :(

    I marked a tile as lost and left it in my ground floor office close to a busy footpath in North Sydney - an area with lots of tech heads. In one month (off and on) it has not been found except by myself. It's very disappointing - I was more interested in the tile as an anti-theft measure but it doesn't seem to be of practical use for that. The range is OK - I can detect it 100m up the street but it seems it's a rare thing for anyone else to be actively running the app.

    I just discover Find My Stuff - iOS app that support all beacons models, so you are not obliged to use the native application of Bluetooth devices manufacturers, that's cool!

    This is an absolutely useless piece of technology. My wife loses her keys daily, and has been doing so for the last 34 years. The other thing she loses? Her phone...

    The other thing? "We will help you recycle and update'... That will be another $20 please. (sound of cash registers)

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