TrackR, The Coin-Shaped Dongles That Help You Locate Lost Items, Now Talk To Each Other

Great for seniors or people like me who misplace things!

TechCrunch

TrackR , the Bluetooth Low Energy-powered dongles that help you find missing or misplaced items, like your car keys, wallet, purse or bag, or even your dog, are now being upgraded in order to communicate peer-to-peer with other TrackR devices so that, when you’re out of range, you’ll be able to tap into a larger network for better support. Because such a task requires a network to actually exist in order to be worthwhile, the company is also giving away $100,000 worth of TrackR technology to kickstart its efforts.

Formerly known as Phone Halo, the company was founded by Chris Herbert and Christian Smith back in 2009, as a spinoff from a project at the University of California Santa Barbara’s engineering school the year prior. TrackR’s initial device, the “WalletTrackR” (designed, as the name indicates, to be carried in your wallet) was soon crowdfunded into existence.

It was later followed…

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3 thoughts on “TrackR, The Coin-Shaped Dongles That Help You Locate Lost Items, Now Talk To Each Other”

  1. This looks like a great universal piece of technology. I think people with and without disabilities could agree that losing things is frustrating, and this little device could definitely be helpful. For people with specific deficits such as memory trouble, it could be even more beneficial. What I like about this device is that because it is universal and marketed to the general public, those with disabilities would not feel stigmatized for using it.

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  2. This is so interesting. I always joke about needing something to find my cell phone because I’m continuously forgetting where I put it.. I didn’t know what specific product would actually work! I could also see the benefit for it’s use with possible future clients who have memory deficits.

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    1. Amanda, I agree that this could come in very handy for individuals with memory deficits. I think this product is a great example of universal design, as it would benefit many people who do not have memory deficits as well.

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