Technology to Help You Find Your Missing Keys
A missing key is more than just an inconvenience when it's your only one, and you're already late to leave for work. When you've already turned over the entire house in your search for a missing object as small as a ring of keys, it's, unfortunately, a little too late to turn to the power of technology to solve your problems. To avoid misplacing your keys, try adding at least one of the following tools to your most precious objects, that way you don't have to call the locksmith the next time.
One of the oldest and most widely tested devices for finding lost items is the classic hipKey™. While this GPS tracking system consists of a tracking button and a matching smartphone app, it also offers a motion detection setting. Set the hipKey™ system into guard mode, and you'll be notified by a 90-decibel alarm if the item is moved at all or it is taken more than 50 feet away from your smartphone.
There are dozens of similar GPS and RF trackers on the market now, but newcomer Tile is making such a splash that you might think it's the only option. Of course, it does offer a few features that make it worthy of all that buzz. First, the white tags containing the GPS notification equipment are thin and smaller than many of the other attachments available. Also, you can share your search for a Tile-marked item with someone else on their smartphone. This speeds up a search at a friend's barbecue or a hotel room.
Wireless Leash Plus
Most of these tracking tools are primarily focused on keeping your belongings safe, but the Wireless Leash Plus offers another level of personal safety. A built-in microphone allows you to talk hands-free and there's a handy one-push button that sends a direct call to 911. If you're out in public and witness an emergency or feel unsafe, there's no need to fuss with your smartphone just to get connected. Of course, it helps you find missing keys, phones, wallets and more as well.
iFi Smart Tag
Looking for a device that works well without a phone so you can attach it to your phone and use a computer to get the tracking info? The iFi Smart Tag is perfect for you. It offers all the other usual tracking features, but it automatically sends a Google maps email to your linked account. This is a boon when it's your phone that's missing, and you're having trouble accessing the app.
Don't have your keys right now to add a tracker? Call Area Safe & Lock Service for help, then invest in some affordable technology to make sure you can find your most valuable objects the next time they go missing.