Bluetooth-enabled stickers help find lost keys and cats

You don't have to be a loser anymore. StickNFind uses Bluetooth low energy technology to help you locate misplaced items.

StickNFind sticker
The only downside is it's not waterproof, so you won't be able to find all those electronics you drop in the toilet. StickNFind

You may be prone to losing things like your keys, your remote controls, or your escape-artist dog. StickNFind is raising funds to help you stick Bluetooth on all your things so you can find them without turning your house upside-down and cursing a blue streak.

StickNFind app
The app has a radar-like finding feature. (Click to enlarge.) StickNFind

StickNFind stickers are equipped with Bluetooth low-energy technology. The stickers are about the size of a quarter and weigh well under an ounce. Slap a sticker on anything (or anyone) and then use the accompanying app to figure out where you put them last. Each little tag also has sound and light that can be triggered separately.

The StickNFind app can be set to work kind of like a radar or it can send you an alert when an item comes into range. You can also get a warning when an item (like Sir Fluffypants) goes out of range. The app will be available for both iOS (mostly newer iPhones and iPads) and Android devices that support Bluetooth Low Energy.

One of the best suggested StickNFind uses is for your luggage. No more hovering around the conveyor belt. You just wait for the app to let you know when your checked bag comes into range.

There is a bit of a Marco Polo aspect to this. The radar-style function of the app can only tell you proximity, not direction. You'll have to walk around and see where the signal gets stronger. Use this to play high-tech hide-and-seek with your cats.

Each sticker uses a replaceable watch battery. The battery life estimate is a year with 30 minutes per day of average use.

StickNFind has set an ambitious $70,000 goal on Indiegogo to put the project into full production. The early-bird pledge price for two stickers is $35. The highest pledge level is $150 for 10 stickers. It's a flexible funding campaign, so the money will go the company even if the ultimate goal isn't reached.

The only thing StickNFind won't help you with is if you lose your smartphone. Unless, of course, you have another smartphone or tablet around to help you find the one you lost.

About the author

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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