We all lose stuff, even if only temporarily. What if you could “tag” all your stuff with a tracker, so that when misplaced, you could locate it easily on your Smartphone? That’s what Tile is for. A Personal Asset Manager to help track one’s stuff. It’s about time.
Currently, Tile only works with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th gen, and iPod Touch 5th gen. And I can’t say it’s really cheap. One Tile is $18.95. The more you buy, the more you save per Tile. Up to 10 Tiles can be put on one account. You attach, stick or drop your Tile into/onto any item you might lose such as laptops, wallets, keys, guitars, bikes—you name it.
The good news: The Tile app saves the last GPS location it saw your Tile. It shows the location on what looks like a Google Map. Tiles come with a built-in speaker so you can easily hear it in close range. You never need to replace the batteries or even charge your Tiles.
The bad news: Tiles last a year. You’ll receive a reminder when it’s time to order new Tiles and you’ll get an envelope to recycle your old ones. So think of it as an annual subscription cost for asset protection. For an expensive electronic device, bicycle, or even a pet, the annual cost is well worth it.
If this takes off, it will no doubt expand to other operating systems. I’m intrigued. Are you?