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First Look: TrackR

The TrackR is designed to be attached to objects you often lose track of, such as your keys, phone or even your dog. To locate the missing object – or Rufus if he runs away – all you’ll need is your smartphone.

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Using Bluetooth Smart, this small device – roughly the size of a 50 cent coin – claims to alert you if the device gets within 30 metres of your phone, but I often found it stopped connecting at about 14 metres and could take up to two minutes to reconnect. If the device is in range, you can trigger it to loudly beep. It can also be set to automatically alert you when your phone and device are separated.

If your TrackR isn’t in range, you can use the “Crowd GPS” feature. This works if another TrackR user is within range of your device, then its location will show up on the apps map. I gave it a go, and while it worked, it’s only if someone has the app installed on their phone and they’re running the Bluetooth and GPS and they pass within range of your device.

Despite its limitations, the TrackR could be a saving grace for people prone to losing things.

Essential specs

  • Price: $40
  • Works with Android 4.4 or iOS 7 and later

By Erin Bennett.

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