Do you or your loved one have a habit of misplacing keys, a phone or wallet? We all misplace things from time to time, but with a little technology, we can reduce the frequency of this happening.
As a family caregiver, consider this scenario: You arrive at your mom’s home to pick her up for an appointment. When you both are ready to leave, your mom realizes she can’t find her keys. You both search all over the house, her purse, and her jacket pockets before finally finding them. You’re now late for that appointment. Sound familiar?
How Does A Bluetooth Tracker Work?
A bluetooth tracking device can be very useful in the above and in many other situations. There are several types of tracking devices on the market; most of them involve attaching a small tag to a keychain (or whatever it is that you do not want to lose), and the tag pairs with an app on your smartphone. When you’ve misplaced your keys, you can use the app to make the tag sound an audible beep. Alternatively, you can use the rangefinder on the app, which works like a radar; it tells you if you’re getting closer to the keys as you walk around. The neat thing is that it sometimes also works the other way around where you can use the device not only to find your keys but also to find your phone by pressing the tag!
Bluetooth Trackers On The Market
Tile is a small square white tag with a hole that fits through a standard keychain. While it offers the features described above, one of the major disadvantages is that the battery is not replaceable so when it runs out (once a year according to Tile), you have to purchase a replacement.
TrackR offers all of the same features as Tile; however, their latest product appears to have the smallest and thinnest tag currently on the market.
LassoTag is a tag about the size of a large coin and can also fit through a standard keychain. It operates on a standard watch battery and offers a couple of unique features. It can track the temperature of the item tagged (albeit no real reason is given for situations where this might be useful). The other neat feature is that it allows you to customize the alert so that, rather than a beep or an alarm, you can pre-record your own voice or another sound.
PROTAG offers multiple products, some of which are in the shape of a credit card so that it tucks nicely into a wallet. They also offer a product called Duet which appears to be in a similar shape and size as other coin-sized products. The cards run on a rechargeable battery, and Duet runs on a replaceable battery.
The majority of the product offerings are fairly new, with most of them about 2 years out on the market. They all offer similar features so focus on the finer details and do a price comparisons. Also, watch out for new features that will surely surface as these products evolve.
Whether you are considering a bluetooth tracker for yourself or for an aging loved one, it is a fairly small investment and might counteract short-term memory loss and the stress associated with misplacing things.