When we talk about Apple’s mobile devices, namely the iPhone, we know that we can find a huge variety of gadgets and cases to protect it and keep it safe. We also know that there is a software to locate your phone via GPS in the unlucky event of theft or loss. Perhaps we did not know that engineers from Treehouse Lab have designed an interesting way to keep track of everything: phone, keys, wallets.
We are speaking about an innovative system, designed specifically for those who often lose things around, either because they are careless, or because they are running into a busy life, full of unexpected events.
The new system is called BiKN, a term that is pronounced as “beacon”: just as a light it acts illuminating your life, helping you to regain everything lost (if it bears the rught tag).
But let’s step back and focus on the system, thet consists of a special case for the iPhone keeping inside a receiver that interacts with a tracking tag. On your phone, a special iOS application manages the operations, allowing you to locate up to 8 cards simultaneously. All you have to do is to stuck ‘tags’ on items that you often lose.
Your bag, key ring, camera, wallet or even your dog (putting the special ‘tag’ on the collar). But the most interestingthing regards the possibility to set a maximum distance for each item, after which an alarm on the BiKN iPhone case. In this way, busy parents shoppingin the mall will not have to worry too much when they leave their children in the playground area.
User interface is clear and intuitive. “Find” mode includes an audio and video signal meter that helps you find everything that has been lost, every item that has gone out of place. The “Leash” function activates control within exact spatial boundaries. “Page” mode will sound an alert on one or more active tags (or other devices compatible with smart BiKN), becoming very useful for families or groups.
The special BiKN clips are designed to be easily stuck to any object, a belt, a keychain, a pocket of a jacket. Each tag is equipped with a plug that opens and reveals a micro-USB port, letting users to set and synchronize via the BiKN iPhone case every single clip. in a mall.
Once purchased the case, the USB tag can be bought with an extra charge and they have to be charged through a computer. All equipment is useful and very practical and it will be available in 2012 for Apple iPhone 4 and 4S. There is still no information about the price.