Lose your keys often? The Cobra Tag is a bluetooth tagging system that works with your smartphone to track down your misplaced keys all the while keeping tabs on them based on proxmity.
The fob can be attached to anything of your choosing, but clearly keys are the mainstay of this product. It works with an accompanying app that installs on your smartphone. Once the two devices have been paired via Bluetooth it can actively monitor the proximity of the fob to your phone. If either one leaves a predetermined distance (probably 30m, since it’s Bluetooth) an audible alert will sound and the fob, if setup correctly, can somehow email, Twitter of Facebook its last known GPS location.
That’s not all. In the event you misplace your keys you can activate an audible alert and vice versa if you misplay your smartphone.
This isn’t the first product we’ve seen of this ilk, but this is from Cobra, the radar detection company. So we’re assuming some heavy R&D went into it, which hopefully means a solid product. It will ship this July for $59.99.
Cobra Electronics Corporation(NASDAQ: COBR), a leading manufacturer of mobile electronic devices, today announced that Cobra Tag™; an ingenious Bluetooth tagging system that helps avoid losing car keys, smartphones, or other valuables; will be generally available in July 2011. In January, Popular Mechanics, one of America’s most trusted men’s magazines, recognized Cobra Tag with its Editor’s Choice Awards as among the most innovative new products at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest annual tradeshow for consumer technology. Cobra Electronics is showcasing Cobra Tag, along with its entire lineup of mobile/wireless products, in Booth #4863 at the 2011 International CTIA Wireless exhibition taking place March 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Cobra Tag, powered by Phone Halo Technology, is a clever alarm and loss prevention system that consists of a smartphone app that is paired via Bluetooth to a small key fob device. Users download the Cobra Tag app to their smartphone and attach the Cobra Tag device to any item they wish to protect, such as car keys, a purse, or laptop bag. The Cobra Tag system monitors the distance between the phone and tagged items and produces an audible alert if they become separated.
In addition, the Cobra Tag app can record the GPS location and the time of day the items became separated, and sends this information to a pre-configured contact list via email, text message, or even to a linked Facebook or Twitter account. The Cobra Tag system also includes a handy two-way finder feature. Pressing a button on the Cobra Tag key fob device will ring the paired smartphone, and a feature of the app can also help locate the tagged valuable.
“Smartphones have become a crucial tool for many of us, and the software, music and data they contain can be virtually irreplaceable,” said Sally Washlow, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra Electronics. “Cobra Tag is a versatile and brilliant little system for protecting our phones and just about anything else of value, and I think most consumers will find it to be an incredibly affordable investment in safety and peace-of-mind.”
Pricing and availability:
Cobra Tag will be available from retailers nationwide in July 2011 with a suggested retail price of $59.99. The Cobra Tag App for Blackberry® will be available at no cost from the Blackberry App World at that time, and the Android™ App will be available via the Android Market at https://market.android.com/. To locate a retailer, please visit www.cobra.com.