How many times have you misplaced something important? Could be your car keys, your hand bag, or cell phone. We've all done it, some of us more than others. It always sucks when it happens. There is a new company called Linquet that wants to assist you in finding those lost items, and preventing them from going missing in the first place. Pronounced "link it," the folks at Linquet Technologies could be on to something big here.
Linquets are small tags that can be stuck on to your gadgets or threaded on to a key-ring. The tags use Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with your smartphone using the Linquet app. Then you set the app to notify you if your phone and the Linquet tag get too far apart. The whole thing is customizable and you can set the distance as far apart or as close together as you like.
If you still happen to lose something that you have tagged, the system talks to the cloud to help you track those lost items. You can log in to your Linquet account and track the tag so you can easily find whatever it is that has been misplaced. The company is really billing this as an anti-loss, anti-theft device for just about anything. Their website says "Keep track of your phone, keys, wallet, child, pet, …"
Linquet has already launched a successful beta test. It looks like they are now ready for a final product offering. You can pre-order Linquet tags starting today and they should be delivered sometime in December. If you do pre-order, you won't be charged until your tags actually ship out. What's really cool is that the tags themselves are totally free. You pay a $2.99 per month subscription fee, and that's it. The service works with newer phones that support Bluetooth Low Energy, like the HTC One and the Galaxy S4. The service looks really cool, and it's inexpensive too. Linquet has released a product to show how it works, and there is a full press release below if you want to read that. Check it out.
Linquet for Smartphones Uses the Cloud to Prevent Loss of Valuables
New iOS, Android and Bluetooth solution, powered by the Internet of Things, will end the era of "lost and found"
VANCOUVER, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 – Linquet (https://linquet.com), an innovative product for iPhones, iPads and Android devices that promises to not just find missing objects, but actually prevent them from getting lost or misplaced in the first place, today announced the start of its crowdfunding effort.
By "linqing" possessions to the mobile app with its tiny devices, Linquet creates a fully customizable mini network for each user, connecting their most valued possessions to the "Internet of Things." Users simply attach a Linquet to their prized possession (even a pet's collar or a child's clothing) and are then alerted whenever the object and the user's phone are separated by various distances up to 100 feet. The user is immediately notified of this separation as to prevent loss in the first place.Advertisement
"We've all been there. We always lose our phones, keys, wallets, laptops, pretty much everything," said Pooya Kazerouni, Linquet's president. "Now, we have a solution that is much more than a 'lost and found.' Linquet actually prevents your valuables from getting lost in the first place."
Linquet is a cloud-based solution, with many amazing features like "real-time tracking", so that if users miss any alerts, Linquet provides a time and location signature to track down objects after the fact. "Cloud-based profiles" let users personalize the experience based on your environment so the alarm won't, for example, sound in the office. The "Trusted Friends" option lets people add trusted contacts to help them retrieve items. "Reverse Mode" will sound an alert when a linqed item comes into range (e.g. a suitcase on a baggage carousel). It also has a powerful programmable button which can even be used as a panic button or to simply activate the camera by remote control or many other things.
Linquets are available now for pre-ordering at $2.99 per month per device (there is no cost for the device itself and the app is free to download). Discounts are available depending on volume. For more information, visit https://linquet.com.Advertisement
Part hardware, part smartphone app and part cloud technology, the innovative Linquet is designed to prevent the loss or theft of phones and other valuables. The first cloud-based anti-loss solution, Linquet gives people an effortless way to keep tabs on everything important to them by allowing them to "linq" their valuables to their smartphones. Using Bluetooth technology, Linquet can be linqed to phones via the free Linquet app. Linquet works with iOS and Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0. Its battery lasts up to 1 year, even with constant use. Slightly larger than a quarter, Linquet is so tiny it can easily be slipped into even the smallest wallets or attached to a passport cover. For more information, visit https://linquet.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Linquet, and on Twitter at @Linquet.