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Tile Security Tags Use Crowdsourcing to Find Stolen Products, Also Help You Locate Lost Keys (video)

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If you like the below product, you may want to read 5 of the best GPS tracking devices. Tracking your valuables has never been easier thanks to a wide array of products that recently entered the market by way of Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  One such product to reach popularity was Indiegogo’s Sticknfind Sticker (like a GPS tracking device).  They’re no bigger than a quarter, can easily be stuck on just about anything, and located using a smartphone running the company’s app.

Tile is really no different.  In fact, they’re larger and cost about the same amount.  Instead of adhereing to the back of something, they hook on, making the Tile ideal for keys, a purse, or really anything that can loop through its opening (update: an adhesive is included for sticking it to stuff).  And much like Sticknfind, Tile works with an app that displays a proximity sensor to help you locate your missing item.  It can also emit an audible tone once you exhaust the aforementioned option.

What makes the Tile unique are a few things.  First, you can share a Tile’s location with whomever you choose.  So you could ostensibly hide/share a set of keys and then let a friend or family member find them.  The Tile app will also remember that last place that it has been seen, which in theory should make searching for the item much easier, especially if the signal isn’t in reach.  But all of these unique features pale in comparison to the Tile’s crowd sourced security feature.

If an item is stolen, with a Tile attached to it, you can flip a switch in the app which effectively puts out an APB for your lost item.  This in turn causes all other Tile app users smartphone’s to passively, and automatically search for your lost item.  If an item is located an alert is sent to the owner to help them track it down.  Of course this assumes that the thief didn’t remove the Tile.

Unfortunately, Tile is only iOS compatible and it’s limited to iPhone 4s or later devices (iPad Mini, iPhone 5 – you need Bluetooth 4.0).  The battery on the Tile is said to last for one year – it’s not user replaceable so you’ll just “throw it away”, but with that caveat comes a waterproof design.

The Tile is self funded project that has already amassed $500,000.  It ships this Winter at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.  You can get one for $19.

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4 Comments to Tile Security Tags Use Crowdsourcing to Find Stolen Products, Also Help You Locate Lost Keys (video)

  1. David

    Despite claims to have started shipping Tile’s, there is no evidence on any of the blogs that anyone has received a Tile. Surely Tile’s would have been sent out to Technical Reviewers/Publicists by now. Also, there is no App, so how can anyone use their Tile?
    Given the lousy information provided on the company website (the last post from the CEO was 3 months ago) – I would suggest investors request a refund asap. I think Tile stands for ‘There Is Little Evidence’ that this is anything other than a scam.

  2. Frank

    This item is basically a scam — it will eventually ship but they are raising money for a product they know is completely worthless. It won’t help you find anything and the battery lasts only a year. It’s a scam.

  3. The truth

    It is weird that before they are shipping the item out they have on the bottom of their website


    Reveal Labs, Inc. (the “Company”) will use reasonable commercial
    efforts to deliver the products as described. You understand that the
    products are under development, and numerous technical, financial, and
    practical obstacles may interfere with their delivery to you and with
    their functioning thereafter. THEREFORE, THE PRODUCTS ARE PROVIDED “AS
    IS” AND THE COMPANY MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH
    RESPECT TO THE PRODUCTS OR ANY OTHER SUBJECT MATTER HEREOF, INCLUDING
    WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A
    PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE COMPANY AND ITS PROVIDERS SHALL ALSO HAVE NO
    LIABILITY OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCTS.”

    They are already not prepared to back their product.. If I was a consumer buying this product this would be the larges red flag for me !!!!!!

  4. Mark Able Jones

    Tile is really overrated. While bluetooth has a theoretical range of 150 feet, other devices generally say it’s more like 10-20 feet. And the odds that another user will (1) have Tile app installed (2) on a GPS enabled phone (3) that keeps Tile app open at all times (which would drain your battery life and (4) is actually within distance of your lost item without physically seeing it are minute. So minute that the crowdsourced tracking feature is really a scam. Button TrackR has all of Tile’s features and is available now, but don’t buy either product for tracking potentially stolen items like a bike or laptop–it just won’t work for that.

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