We all know how annoying it is when we misplace one of our favorite things and then never seem to find it again, as if the magic fairy of “All things lost” takes it as a punishment for our negligence. But, what if we told you that all of this hassle can be avoided by simply tagging your possessions and then keeping tags on them, just like an eager researcher tracking so many wildebeests in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve?
Well, now thanks to CAO Gadget, this is not so farfetched. The aptly named apparatus called Wireless Sensor Tags works on monitoring movement, angle and temperature as well as sending alerts to your iOS or Android device when things go afield. The new apparatus is so smart that it can detect any suspicious movement that can indicate abnormal activity such as potential theft or an impending breakage by your beloved little puppy.
You can easily set the parameters of what kind of notifications would set the tags off and you can even set how shrewd you want the system to be via app or web client. Despite the fact that the two-inch-square circuit boards are wrapped in a not-so-pretty elastic thermoplastic elastomer, the system actually works.
In case you were wondering about the pricing of these tags, well they come in at $15 ($12 if you purchase three or more at once) and they include a 3D digital magnetic sensor that captures angle and motion, plus it includes temperature sensors. The tags also contain a red LED and an alaram that can be remotely triggered.
The tags themselves are a square circuit board wrapped in a flexible, perdurable shell with Velcro straps. The sensors distribute data to a Tag Manager ($70), which is basically a white box, half the size of a mouse, and is connected to a router via Ethernet. This base, capable of handling up to 225 tags at once, connects to the local network and internet for remote access.
It is completely up to the user to sophisticate or simplify the system impeccably detailed adjustments and combinations of data tracking. For those of you requiring immense levels of control, the app and web client feature motion-sensitivity., threshold-angle and temperature adjustments.
The web client is explicit with large buttons on the home screen outlining the features they access. The apps are strictly practical, with default or white backgrounds and with obvious OS-level settings apps resemblance, with sliders and on/off buttons that are there for adjustment purposes such as enabling an onboard alarm or setting a temperature threshold to tell you when an ice chest has gotten too warm.
While the notifications are quite helpful, yet the default settings may not comply with the wishes of someone who might want to be notified the second a door has been opened or an object has been moved. Out of the box, the tags take a few seconds to alert the system. This delay was made for the purpose of saving the battery life, however, we concluded in our tests that it could take up to 30 seconds for an alert to come through.
Yet, if you do decide to attach a tag onto an invaluable endowment of yours and need to know the second it moves, then the web client offers access to advanced settings that can send alerts as soon as something is moved. For this to be applicable, you’ll have to sacrifice the battery life.
This system is every nerd’s dream, whether you want the battery to last two months or 85 months. Unfortunately, due to the size of the tags, the system might be stuck at that level, at least for now.
Once you get past the looks of the tags (or better yet, hide it inside a certain device) they’re actually a great way to keep your stuff from running wild and free.
More info can be found here.
Here is a video exemplifying how the system works. Let us know what your thoughts are and how often you lose your stuff!
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