Can’t remember where you left your keys or maybe your phone? If you answered yes to either of these questions then TrackR bravo is the gadget for you. It’s a Bluetooth enabled device paired with a mobile app that using a distance locator, could locate missing items within 30m and possibly beyond. And it’s not just limited to your phone and your keys; it can track anything from pets and bikes to purses and wallets, anything that you attach it to.
It’s tiny. It has a 31mm diameter only 3.5 mm thick and it’s pretty clever. You start by downloading the app for Android or iOS. You then pair TrackR bravo with your compatible smartphone and it will keep tabs on where it is and show it on the map located within the app.
The beauty of this system is that you can configure the app so TrackR will start beeping once it gets separated or beyond the range of your phone. So if you left your keys at the office and walked away, your phone will beep. But even better, if you leave your phone behind and have your keys in your pocket, with TrackR attached of course, your phone will beep.
Now if you are within range the device won’t beep, but lets say you know your keys are somewhere in the house and you just cant find them, simply press the speaker icon within the app and TrackR will begin to be beep.
It works the other way to.
You have TrackR in hand but can’t find your phone, maybe it fell under your bed. As long as it’s turned on, simply pushed a little button on the TrackR itself and your phone will begin to play a tune – even if it’s on vibrate mode. Now that’s pretty cool.
Anonymous Crowd GPS
It gets better. Let’s say your dog Fido is wearing a TrackR but has run off in the park and way beyond the 30m range. Now not all hope is lost. You might be able to track down Fido using the track TrackR’s Crowd GPS network. If some other user happens to be nearby and comes within Fido’s range the system will anonymously send a ping back to the server sending new GPS coordinates to your app’s map telling you when and where Fido was last. Now it might not be a perfect system but as TrackR attracts more users the probability of finding Fido with TrackR this way increases. It might be a long shot but it’s better than nothing. Even better, there is no monthly fee or service charge.
It would be nice if there were a way to tie this in to some sort of universal system.
To avoid the ongoing beeping each time, let’s say you come and go out but Fido stays at home; you can configure Wi-Fi Safe Zones that will disable separation alerts when you are connected to a specified network. If you have a NEST Thermostat at home (although this seems for now to duplicate efforts) you can also enable this feature to turn off and on automatically when NEST detects you are home or away.
TrackR bravo runs on easily replaceable a single coin cell battery (CR 1616) and since it runs Bluetooth Low Energy is expected to last for up to a year without changing. It’s compatible with iPhone 4S and up, iPad 3rd gen and up as well as Android devices that support Bluetooth LE and run 4.4.
With a brief local test I found this to be a cool little useful product and works as advertised. As it’s new, I wasn’t able to really test Crowd GPS System. Of course the success of the long distance tracking will depend on how many are out there and how close they are to where you might travel.
For starters there might be quite a few. TrackR bravo was launched out of a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised over $1.6 million U.S. last August. And with the initial campaign bringing in a whopping 6,330% over the original ask, it may just be a real popular product.
It retails for $29.00 for the steel version with discounts for multiple purchases. Buy 2 get 1 free; Buy 3 get 2 free or Buy 4 get 4 free bringing the price down to just under $15. Add $5 for black, rose gold or sky blue. You can also get it custom engraved for an additional $10. All prices in USD. It’s available for pre-order directly from TrackR and will ship this April.