Talk about a killer app. The first product from Phone Halo promises to protect you from losing your phone, keys, wallet, or any small item ever again.
Phone Halo Protect is a package that works with your phone as well as a handful of Bluetooth tags.
It works like this: attach the Bluetooth device to your keyring, wallet, etc. Then, if any of these is ever separated far apart from your phone, an alarm on your phone will go off as will the Bluetooth sensor on the other item.
Phone Halo described the Halo Protect as a four-tiered process:
"Protect: Whenever the phone or halo'd valuable becomes separated, both phone and halo device ring to alert the user of the impending loss.
Locate: The user can ring the halo'd device by pressing a button on the phone to allow the halo'd item to easily be found. The user can hold a button on the halo device to cause the phone to ring.
Recover: Whenever the user loses their phone or halo'd item, Phone Halo Protect records the GPS location to show the user where they last saw their valuables.
Share: The Phone Halo Protect share option lets the user easily share they've lost an item through email, text, and posts to their social networks."
This seems like a genius solution to finding your stuff that might actually work. Similar products from Sharper Image and Brookstone allow you to place infrared chips onto your items and then find then with a base transmitter. However, those products have poor signal strength and die out easily.
With Bluetooth, the technology would be much more reliable.
Phone Halo Protect is compatible with Android and Blackberry devices. An iPhone version is in the works.
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