We all have things in our lives we’d like to keep track of: Pets, backpacks, children, items owned by children. But GPS tags are expensive, bulky, and need to have their batteries constantly recharged. Retrievor looks to fix all three problems.
The first and most basic problem, power, is actually solved in a surprisingly simple and intelligent way; Retrievor has solar cells on the top so all you have to do is essentially place the sensor in such a way that it’ll always be facing up; if the object in question goes outside, it’ll immediately start powering up, helping you to find your lost item/person.
It also has a lot of oomph for its size. The Retrievor is roughly the size of a quarter in diameter and slightly thinner than an Oreo, meaning it’s tiny and light. But it does pack a lot of power into such a small space; the GPS receiver is not only fully capable of tracking, it also has a set of sensors that can detect environmental changes that might indicate, for example, that the wearer has gone inside. That’s pretty useful, especially if you’ve got kids constantly running inside and outside, or just never want to lose contact.
And, needlesss to say, it’s got all the goodies other GPS tags offer, right down to an app that lets you draw specific geographical zones, so your dog (or your backpack) can’t wander outside of them.
That said, you’ll need to get in on the ground floor if you want to have this available: If you crowdfund it on IndieGoGo, it’ll be $169, but the retail version will run you $300. Either way, you’ll have to pay a $1.79 monthly subscription fee for the first tag, and $1.59 for each extra one. But, hey, in the long run, it’ll be worth it to know exactly where everything is.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.