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July 7, 2014
Shrinking circuits and displays means devices are easier to lose in couches and cars. When having a friend call your missing phone doesn’t work, you can use Tiles, matchbook-sized transponders that use Bluetooth 4.0 to relay their location to an app. Available for pre-order, $20 each.
Tile transponder inside wallet

As long as you’re within 150 feet of the missing laptop, tablet, keys purse, or wallet, you can open the app and a display will blink according to your proximity to the Tile.

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Tile transponder smartphone app dashboard

You can run the app from other phones, as well, and also trigger the Tiles to make a noise to help you find them.

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Tile transponder inside purse
Each account can monitor up to 8 Tiles.
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Tile transponder on keychain on backpack

They come with a double-sided adhesive so they can attach to flat surfaces, or hang from a keychain loop.

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Tile transponder on gray background

A downside is that each Tile’s power lasts for about a year and then the whole unit needs to be replaced—the batteries aren’t removable. Tile displays reminders when their life cycles are ending, and the company will send an envelope to return spent units for recycling.

Tile is currently fulfilling pre-orders, with more units available online this summer.

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Tile transponder inside wallet

As long as you’re within 150 feet of the missing laptop, tablet, keys purse, or wallet, you can open the app and a display will blink according to your proximity to the Tile.

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