There is a new Selfstarter campaign that could benefit anyone that has ever lost a set of keys, or misplaced a wallet. Tile is a new matchbook-sized Bluetooth Low Energy device that aims to ignite a community movement around keeping track of the small, or big, items in life.
Called the first device of its kind, Tile sends out a signal that puts other Tile apps on the search for your missing item. All of this happens in the background. As a result, if someone else running the Tile app comes within range of your lost object, it will discretely and securely identify your item and send you a notification of its location.
With each $25 Tile, you can manage and find the items that matter most to you, with no need to charge or replace batteries. After a year, you’ll be reminded to recycle your old tiles and purchase new ones.
As an added bonus, Tile sends out a yearly reminder a month in advance, which includes a pre-addressed shipping package for easy mailing of your old Tile.
Full features include:
Locate and manage multiple Tiles on the Tile app, the accompanying iOS application
Easily view how far away you are from your lost Tile’s signal, within a 100-150 foot radius
When your Tile is outside of its Bluetooth range, use the Tile app’s Last Place Seen feature to discover where you left your item behind
Share your Tiles with family, roommates, friends or coworkers to make it incredibly easy for trusted acquaintances to help each other find lost items
Tile is secure. Only you will be able to see where your Tiles are on your Tile app. The only way anyone else can ever see your Tiles on their personal account is if you explicitly share access. Additionally, Tile never shares your location with others.
Login to your friend’s Tile app to find your lost Tile if you don’t have your iPhone or iPad
Ring’ your misplaced Tile from your Tile app to make finding items easier
Find lost items at a distance thanks to Tile’s community network
No need to ever charge a Tile or replace batteries. After a year, you will be reminded when to order a new Tile
Thanks to the Bluetooth Low Energy connection, Tile works completely wirelessly
According to Nick Evans, Tile co-founder and CEO:
Tile is changing the world by making lost and misplaced belongings a thing of the past. We are giving people back hours of their lives that were previously wasted searching for missing possessions. Today we are launching a movement that will revolutionize the way we find lost items, by bringing the entire Tile community together to make the system more robust for everyone.
Tile hopes to raise $20,000 to begin production. “Early bird” pricing starts at $15 and lasts for today, June 20, only. For the remainder of the campaign, single Tiles can be purchased for $19. The Selfstarter campaign runs through July 23.
We’re definitely going to get our hands on a few Tiles. When we do, we’ll let you know what we think. In the meantime, you can visit the Tile website for more information.