BiKN Makes iPhone Into Keychain Tracker
CREDIT: Treehouse Labs
You can put a homing device in your child’s phone, but what if they haven’t got one? (Assuming one is a parent who doesn’t trust a $500 iPhone to a toddler). And what if you just wanted to find your keys? The BiKN, from Treehouse Labs, addresses both problems.
It consists of a slide-on cover for the iPhone and a set of keychain rings equipped with radio frequency ID tags. The cover accesses the phone via the 30-pin connector, though it still allows for charging the phone. The hardware comes with an app that can put the key rings into different modes. One uses a sound to help you find things (like your keys) combined with the visual display. The other causes whatever is attached to the tag to emit a sound when it gets outside a predetermined radius. It can also “page” one or more tags, which means they emit sound only.
The keychains can be attached to keys, of course, but they can also be attached to clothing (or backpacks) and might be useful in assuaging parental fears when the little one wanders off in the grocery store. There’s no price on it yet, though the company says it will ship in December.
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