Reveal Labs Brings Us Tile, The World’s Largest Lost And Found
Tile is the “social network” for lost and found.
What if I told you there was a way to get over 27,000 individuals to search for your stolen computer, bike, purse, etc., and it takes little to no effort on your end or theirs? Reveal Labs has made this possible with a device they call Tile. With the Tile community, it’s like having the rest of the world help you find what you’re looking for.
So what exactly is Tile? Tile is a hardware device that can be attached as a key chain or with an adhesive to your personal belongings, so that you can locate them when lost. A Tile measures 36mm x 36mm x 4.2mm (about the size of a matchbook), uses Bluetooth 4.0 and will be compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th generation and iPod Touch 5th generation. (Sorry Android users).
The Tile iOS app (not yet available) allows you to find a Tile by telling you how close you are to it. You can see yourself getting closer and farther away from the Tile when within a 50 – 150ft range via the iOS app. And it doesn’t stop there. The app will log the most recent location it saw your Tile (via GPS) giving you a good starting point. Tile also includes a built-in speaker, so you can make it emit a tone when you’re getting close.
But it’s the Tile service that I find compelling. The crowd-sourced model means that you could strap a Tile to your dog’s collar, and if it went missing, all you have to do is let the Tile network of users know. When they’re out and about, they’ll be notified if your dog is within 50-150ft within range. So someone will know where your missing Tile is even when it travels out of your 150-foot (Bluetooth) range. The whole world helps you locate your lost item as you can track a Tile by seeing when it’s identified by other Tile users.
Obviously the service requires a large user base to be effective. Luckily for you, Tile currently has over 27,000 backers with four days left to pre-order. So get out there, get your Tile and never lose your keys again.
What do you all think of Tile, fellow geeks? Does it sound like something you’d be interested in using? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.-By Derrick Thiecke