When we misplace our phones, it’s easy to ring them, but what about all our other stuff?
The Ugrokit now lets you tag your gadgets with a thin radio frequency identification (RFID) so you can find them with a sensor.
Finders like these, such as Click N’ Dig have been available before, but they pose a problem because of the size and cost of their receivers.
With Ugrokit, object locating has been made more scalable. The unlimited RFID tags are thin, washable and adhere to almost all surfaces. Carrie Requist, co-founder, hopes to see Ugrokit reach a wider audience including researchers and students.
UGrokit’s core is the “Grok”, an orange RFID scanner that connects to a smartphone and sends out radio signals. The RFID tags can either adhere to a surface or be loops around a cable or keyring.
The tags cost $1 each and use a flat antenna and a small chip. They require no electricity to keep them running. The Grok is powered by a smartphone app and each item has an assigned tag to it.
Each Ugrokit has a hefty price of $159 per kit when it is released. Now, I have just one question. What would you do if you lost your Ugrokit?
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