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Product Spotlight: Keep Track of Your Stuff

Do you misplace things? Your keys? Your purse? Or, God forbid... Your phone? Technology can come to the rescue. Chris shows us a couple of products on the market that can help you keep track of all your stuff - on this week's "Product Spotlight."

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Are you like me? Well, if you tend to forget things and leave your phone or keys in places you can’t remember, then you are. Luckily there are devices to help. These kinds of devices have been around for years, but have gotten a high tech makeover recently.

Years ago, I had one of those key chains that when lost, if you clapped your hands or whistled, it would make a sound, helping you to locate them – assuming they were within earshot. I can’t tell you how many times I walked around my house looking like a fool, whistling and clapping my hands, only to find my keys sitting on the seat of my car. Or worse, like the one time when they managed to somehow find their way into the freezer!

As with many things, technology comes to the rescue. We’ll take a quick look at a couple of Bluetooth trackers.

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Proximo Bluetooth Tag from Kensington

First up is the Proximo Bluetooth Tracker tag from Kensington. Attach this fob to your keychain, laptop bag, purse or whatever else you don’t want to lose and the Proximo Smartphone app will help you locate your items and not leave them behind.

If you tend to misplace your keys or purse, pressing a button on the app will sound the 95 decibel alarm on the fob to help you locate the lost item. If you’re the type to leave your phone behind, the app can alert you when the fob passes a preset distance from your phone, allowing you to turn back and retrieve it. The app will allow you to manage multiple fobs, so you can keep track of several items.

The Proximo from Kensington works on iPhone and several of the Galaxy model smartphones. As of the time we’re recording his video, they are having some trouble with compatibility on iOS9, but they say an app update will be out shortly to address those concerns. You can find the Proximo online for about 25 bucks.

Wireless Leash from Zomm

Another product in this category is the Zomm Wireless Leash. This one works pretty much like the Kensington Proximo, but with a few extra features. For starters, this one acts as a small Bluetooth speakerphone. You can mount it on the visor in your car and with the press of a button, answer calls while keeping your eyes on the road. It also has a feature that will sound an alarm and automatically dial 911 in case of an emergency.

There are two versions available. The Wireless leash, which works on Android Devices, sells for about 50 bucks, and the Wireless Leash Plus, for iOS devices, sells for about 70.

Click the links for more information on Kensington’s Proximo Bluetooth Tag or the Wireless Leash from Zomm.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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