The other day I was forced to put the Bose ‘Find My Buds’ feature to the test. Do the safety features of this premium device work when needed?

You know when you’ve been focused on something for a while, and suddenly remember not remembering what you did with the gadget you were holding? You start feeling around in your pockets and then … there it is! Except when it isn’t.

I’ve lately taken to using an iPhone 8 for listening to podcasts rather than an iPod Nano. And it turns out that was a good move. As for the listening, I was using the excellent Bose SoundSport Free earbuds, which we reviewed here.

The Bose ‘Find my buds’ adventure starts here

I noticed something strange Friday last week I had my little dog out for a walk.

I was on a track, just a little off a road and on the edge of horse paddocks and a large bushy area. A car nosed through a hole in the fence and then took off. Then I saw a big cloud of what I at first thought was dust. It turned out to be smoke.

The source was a Holden Ute. Or, more specifically, the flames flaring up from it. That’s it in the picture above.

It was then that absent-mindedness kicked in. I called the fire service and took a few pictures. Some other people turned up, and I chatted with them. Within five minutes a fire engine arrived and started extinguishing the flames. And then I had that sinking feeling.

Earbuds! Where were they?

Find my buds

The bud was somewhere in stuff like this

Dread sets in

I felt in my three pockets. There was the right Bose SoundSport Free earbud. Where was the left one? I went through the pockets more methodically. Nope, not there. I looked around me and tried to remember when I’d taken it out of my ear. And I couldn’t.

Evidently, it had been after I’d spotted the fire. I usually use my left ear when I’m talking on the phone, so I must have removed it to call the fire service.

But where was I standing or walking when I did that? Did I drop the earbud then, or later? I’d walked around a fair bit. I didn’t think I’d dropped it where the fire engine had driven, but that remained a possibility.

It could have been anywhere in a several hundred square metre area. And most of that several hundred square metres was covered in varying lengths of native grass. Or it could have been a flattened bit of plastic and metal under the wheel of a truck.

Can technology save me? I really like these buds

Then I remembered the Bose Find My Buds feature. That’s a part of the Bose Connect+ app that you can use to manage your earbuds. The app was on the iPhone 8, but I had I enabled that feature on that phone?