I flew to China once and found that my luggage had not flown with me. It took a couple of hours, though, to come to this realisation – since the airline wasn’t very helpful. After losing a few more bags in transit on other trips, I began to wonder when the day would come when I would be able to determine if, indeed, my bag had made it to my destination with me. Well, that day has come.
StickNFind are small stickers (the size of a US Quarter coin) that you can stick to anything you like: bags, keys, kids, remotes… They contain a small battery (good for 1 year) and emit a bluetooth signal. By using an App on your Smartphone, you can locate the item when it is within range by using a ‘radar detector’, or asking the sticker to emit a sound, or flash a light (when searching for it in the dark).
You can also set certain thresholds, say, for when a particular StickNFind goes out of a certain range (which they call a ‘virtual leash’). This is useful when you want to monitor something and keep it close. For example, you’re in a crowded airport and want to read a book, but are afraid of someone nicking your laptop bag. By setting a distance threshold, your phone App will create an alarm if your bag should move away from you past a certain range (that you set). You can keep monitor the location of your kids, pets, and other household items in this way.
At the moment, it’s an Indiegogo fundraiser – which means that the product does not yet exist on the market. However, there are prototypes that you can look at on the StickNFind fundraising page.
This looks like a really clever product that has many more uses than those dreamed up here. Watch their video for a full introduction.