Apparently, lost keys are a big thing, and KeySmart Pro with Tile location is out to fix that.
Well, so the people who contributed $1,352,093 to the KeySmart Pro with Tile Kickstarter project thought – the goal was $5,000!
The best way to describe the KeySmart Pro with Tile is a
small, polycarbonate folding keyholder like a pocket knife with an inbuilt, rechargeable
Tile locator. There is also a micro-USB charge socket, LED flashlight, bottle opener
(important), and speaker to play a tune for easier
location. And it works both ways – Tile can
find a lost paired smartphone too.
Tile is both a Bluetooth tracker (when in range) and accesses an extended ‘family’ when in range of other Tile users.
You can get a standalone Tile tag, or as in this case, the
technology is built-in. The Android or iOS smartphone app runs in the background
and alerts you if your phone is out of the Tile range (about 150m and takes
about three minutes to send an alert) –
you will not forget your keys in a hurry again.
The Tile service is free, but it can nag you to go premium at US$29.99 per year adding
30-day location history so you can retrace steps
to where you last saw the Tile.
Smart Alerts – keys out of range, setting home
location, manage multiple Tiles etc
Unlimited sharing with friends (via the app)
Tile use in Australia is embryonic but its enough to assume
that it works in heavily populace areas like the CBD, Airport or mall – someone
will have one. Oh and Tile App works with voice assistants – Where are my damned keys?
KeySmart Pro with Tile in use
You unscrew either end and remove the barrel bolt. KeySmart
claim it will hold up to 10 keys, but the
6mm gap is really more for three regular shaped keys per side. There is an expansion
pack as well – longer bolts!
The key ideally needs a circular centre or top hole, or you will have to drill one to make use of the fold-out process. The bottle opener (takes up two key spaces) has a small lanyard hole for a keyring – that is where you will attach irregular shaped car keys, security keys etc.
One thing is for sure – the image below is not realistic!
We are not sure if it is waterproof, but the covered micro-USB
slot seems to indicate it is rainproof.
One advantage may be for arthritis
sufferers – the KeySmart offers a larger handle space that a key.
That begs the question:
why not just buy a Tile instead?
GadgetGuy’s take: KeySmart Pro with Tile
Handy, does what it says, and Tile tracking is slowly
growing to encompass pets, baggage and even cars.