Anti-loss device for the careless

If you're always misplacing your wallet, you might want to consider investing in the "anti-Loss" card, a LoJack-like system for your wallet.

This is aL, your wallet-tracking pal. Jacqueline Seng/CNET Asia

Many a harried person (this writer included) has left a wallet in a taxi, bus, or even restaurant, so imagine if you got an alert each time you've been careless.

For that purpose, Singapore-based company Innova Technology has developed "anti-Loss" (aL), which is basically a Bluetooth smart card. Due to its thin and small form factor (similar to two credit cards stacked together), you can place aL in your wallet, bag, passport cover, or anywhere you fancy.

aL pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and is activated via an app. Using this app, you can set an alarm to go off each time aL is separated from your phone (the distance is set by the user).

Via the app, you can also triangulate the last known location of aL (and thus your wallet) via GPS. However, it is currently unable to track movements (e.g., if your wallet is stolen).

A USB connector slides out for charging, and aL is able to last up to six days on a full charge.

aL is about the size of two credit cards stacked together. Jacqueline Seng/CNET Asia

The aL project is currently listed on IndieGoGo, a crowdsourced angel investor site. Each aL costs US$30 (not inclusive of international shipping) if you preorder through the site now until end-February. After that, it will be sold through the company's Web site for $39.95.

Innova Technology's founder, Rick Tan, tells us that an Android app will be available for download in the Market in February, and the BlackBerry version will follow two months later. An app for the iPhone 4S is planned for release in June.

(Source: Crave Asia)

About the author

    Jacqueline Seng is a presenter/writer for CNET Asia, focusing on mobile phones. Her induction into the world of IT involved typing out stories on a computer in kindergarten -- not that much has changed.

     

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