With the tens of thousands of people roaming around CES its amazing that I ran into contributing writer to TMCnet - Doug Mohney. I actually saw him twice - without any planning. But now that I read one of his pieces from the show regarding tracking devices that will use low-power bluetooth and not run out of battery for a whole year, I have to wonder if he stuck one on me.
According to Doug:
Based in Florida, SSI America has been developing Bluetooth devices for over 12 years for large companies. Rebranding itself as Stick-N-Find Technologies, the company is rolling a number of solutions around Bluetooth Low Energy.
Its name-brand Stick-N-Find Stickers are barely bigger than a CR2016 coin cell battery, at 0.16 inches thick. A fresh battery will last for about a year with the device, which includes both a light and a buzzer to help people find devices in the dark.
To find a sticker, you load up a free "Radar" app – IOS and Android both supported and if you remember the motion tracker from "Aliens," you know what the user interface looks like – to track and find stickers. Multiple stickers can be tracked at the same time, with users able to select a buzz, flashing lights or both from the radar screen.
Additional modes include a "Virtual Leash" and "Find It." The Virtual Leash triggers an alarm if a sticker moves out a selected distance while the Find It feature will alert you when a sticker comes within range.
Max range for the sticker is around 30 meters, and the company recommends you track no more than 20 devices.
How amazing is that? It seems the Internet of things is becoming a reality - before our very eyes. Now I have to find some glue remover - I expect to see him at ITEXPO in 2 weeks and don't want to make it that easy for him to find me again. :-)