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?