Great gadget: The Tile

This little white device is designed specifically to stop you from losing your stuff.

Great gadget: The Tile

For the forgetful, the stressed or the just plain human-and-flawed, the Tile is a godsend. It is a small white square, about the size of a 50c piece, with a hole in one corner so it can be attached to a keyring or zipper. What does it do? It stops you from losing your stuff. This little device is, in my opinion, going to be one of the biggest time-savers of the year.

So how does it work? You attach a Tile to anything you're likely to put down and lose. You can hang it from your keys, stick it to a phone or computer, attach it to your handbag... the possibilities are endless. Once it's attached you register the Tile under your Tile account, and the Tile app then keeps track of where your stuff is on a map.

My personal favourite though, is that you can make the Tile beep via the Tile app. This means that when you lose your keys in the house (or in your handbag) you can find them quickly by turning your Tile on.

If you do end up genuinely losing an item with a Tile attached, you can let the Tile community know that your item is lost and, if you like, offer a reward for its return. If someone finds an item with a Tile attached they can search to see if it has been reported missing, and hopefully get it back to its owner. It's like the world's biggest lost-and-found.

A single Tile will last for one-year without charging or replacing the batteries. Unfortunately you can't replace the batteries yourself, but you can send them back for recycling. The Tile retails for $18.95, and you can pre-order yours on the Tile website. They aim to be sending them out over the Christmas/New Year period this year. Be aware that the Tile will only work with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th gen, and iPod Touch 5th gen. New iOS devices will be supported as they become available, as long as they have Bluetooth 4.0 support.

Does this sound like a great idea to you? Or is it just another 'thing' we don't need?





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    margw5
    24th Sep 2013
    11:44am
    What about people , esp the older ones,who don't have an iPad? I have an ordinary semi-smart phone, which does download stuff, but I have to pay ,what I think ,is an absurd price for the extra data added on to my phone bill, so I don't download anything - just use it for phone calls (the old fashioned way!) or to send messages!
    Penqueen1949
    24th Sep 2013
    12:15pm
    I imagine margw5 that these older people and those of us without Apple products will continue to do what we have always done to find something we have misplaced and that is use our eyes and exercise our brains and memory.
    Penqueen1949
    24th Sep 2013
    12:10pm
    I don't see the relevance of this article to the vast majority of people here. Apart from that Apple have been ripping Australians off for years with the prices of their products while the Android market has much better choices and affordability.
    HOLA
    24th Sep 2013
    3:15pm
    PENQUEEN1949 - You're right. Apple are greedy to bring out new inventions all the time to the gullible public, who have to have the latest new toy. I have a good way of finding my keys, you can buy a keyring finder at one of the $2. shops, it works on a small battery, you only have to whistle and it whistles back. I also keep my bunch of keys in my handbag, which being large makes it impossible to find said keys. I have a RED dog's lead handle and it is attached to the keyring, open the bag and immediately you see the RED handle. Works every time.
    Penqueen1949
    24th Sep 2013
    12:21pm
    Also at $18.95 for one single battery operated tile plus postage and only lasting for one year at the most they are very expensive. Then there is the issue of disposing of it after twelve months in an environmentally friendly manner as this thing won't decompose.....
    slapsy
    24th Sep 2013
    1:53pm
    Looks like just another useless gadget to throw in the box with all the other ones.
    Who would fall for something like this.
    Young Simmo
    24th Sep 2013
    5:16pm
    We are both 73 and probably have average memories for our age. We also have a key board with 8 hooks and we religiously put our keys on the board every time we return home or lock the garden shed etc. This method has been failsafe for years, and I can not see any reason to change our current habits.
    catsahoy
    24th Sep 2013
    5:24pm
    like young simmo, i have a key sack just near the front door, when i come in just hang the keys up, i also have a bright butterfly on my keyring so if they are in my VERY LARGE bag, they are easy to find, no need to spend a fortune on something that can be so simple,
    Boof
    24th Sep 2013
    6:23pm
    Can we get something for our reading glasses. Mine seem to go walk about around my home. Sometimes I can find them and sometimes I have to go for a replcacment. I have about ten replacements. Up to 40 years old. or more.
    Young Simmo
    24th Sep 2013
    6:27pm
    Boof, I have bifocals for everyday use and just leave my single vision reading glasses at the computer to save craning my neck. It all works smoothly.
    catsahoy
    26th Sep 2013
    12:32am
    BOOF, just get a glasses chain, it clips onto each side of your glasses and when you want, just take them off and they hang around your neck, ant optometrist sells them, or if you have a $2 shop. go in there will get nice ones for about $5, about $25 at optometrist,
    HOLA
    29th Sep 2013
    1:38am
    I'm glad I'm not alone in losing things. My greatest one is misplacing my phone, quite often have to get out my mobile phone and ring my landline phone to see where it is. I feel quite foolish at times.Wouldn't dare tell my family. Oh the joy of getting older!!!
    Sylvia
    25th Sep 2013
    9:24am
    I have so many spare reading glasses that I don't usually have to search too long and I come across one or two,,,,,,,,,or three pairs! I do have a search every so often and round up so many I thought were gone for good! But like everyone else on here I think all of these gadgets just add to frustration, and I feel good when I backtrack and remember where i last used things. So good for the old memory.
    Sylvia
    25th Sep 2013
    9:24am
    I have so many spare reading glasses that I don't usually have to search too long and I come across one or two,,,,,,,,,or three pairs! I do have a search every so often and round up so many I thought were gone for good! But like everyone else on here I think all of these gadgets just add to frustration, and I feel good when I backtrack and remember where i last used things. So good for the old memory.
    shele
    25th Sep 2013
    8:15pm
    What a relief! I am not the only one who losses my reading glasses. my spare car keys or even both of them from time to time.I can put anything down and mislay it and spend ages searching for stuff! I get so annoyed with my absent mindedness. Right now I have mislaid a set of car keys with house key attached and I had them this morning in my home! Not been out today so where on earth have I put them. I have given up searching for today as I am exhausted. In the midst of decluttering too which does not help. Had someone in to measure up and give quote for new interior blinds-I even thought she might have picked them up!Will my car be stolen and my home burgled? We can become so paranoid about anyone who comes into our homes. But, I am sure they will turn up. They always do!
    catsahoy
    26th Sep 2013
    12:39am
    take heart that you havent done what a friend did a few weeks ago, called in to see me for awhile on the way home from shopping, had a cuppa then went home, about 2 hours later i got a phone call, had she left a bag at my place? she couldnt find her tinned cat food,NO.she hadnt left it here, after about 3 days i saw her and asked,[did you find the cat food, ] OH YES, SHE HAD PUT THE CANS IN THE FREEZER, found them when she went to take some meat out,
    catsahoy
    26th Sep 2013
    12:39am
    take heart that you havent done what a friend did a few weeks ago, called in to see me for awhile on the way home from shopping, had a cuppa then went home, about 2 hours later i got a phone call, had she left a bag at my place? she couldnt find her tinned cat food,NO.she hadnt left it here, after about 3 days i saw her and asked,[did you find the cat food, ] OH YES, SHE HAD PUT THE CANS IN THE FREEZER, found them when she went to take some meat out,


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