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They'll be available in April

Nokia is out to help the forgetful with tags that pair with your smartphone and alert you when you've left without your phone, keys, wallet or any other essentials behind.

According to Nokia, its Treasure Tags sync with your phone via NFC or Bluetooth to communicate where your items are located. The tags themselves, which are about the size of a matchbox, physically clip to any items of your choice.

The tags make use of Nokia's HERE location services, so when you leave your house without an item that contains a Treasure Tag, a loud tone will alert you of the forgotten item. Follow the tone to find your keys, wallet or whatever has a tag on it. 

But if you're not within earshot of the tone, the Nokia Treasure Tag app on your phone will show you where the item is on a map. 


Can't decide which items to tag? No worries, you can choose up to four tags that will sync with your phone, and each will have its own icon or photo to help you differentiate. The app can also give each item its own Live Tile on your Start screen. 

But Nokia doesn't want to annoy you if you intentionally leave something behind. Just mute the alarm or put the tag in sleep mode via the app. 

If you're a Nokia Lumia user with the latest Lumia Black update, you're good to go. But the tags aren't only available for Lumias; Android and iOS users will get third-party apps for the tags as well. 

The tags, which have a six-month battery life and come in color options of cyan, yellow, white and black, won't be available until April. Nokia said the suggested retail price is $29.90 USD. 

Source: Nokia



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Range?
By lagomorpha on 2/19/2014 12:27:28 PM , Rating: 2
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But if you're not within earshot of the tone, the Nokia Treasure Tag app on your phone will show you where the item is on a map.


Bluetooth only has a 33ft range. How effective will the map feature really be? If they could use GPS and had their own GSM radio they'd be great for hiding in bicycle frames to recover stolen bikes.




RE: Range?
By Belegost on 2/19/2014 12:49:50 PM , Rating: 2
For that you want something more like a Tagg (marketed as a pet tracker) but that includes a monthly fee for the 3G and tracking servers, and burns through battery much faster.

My question here - why can these be cyan but not the new nokia phones?! Is there some sort of cyan dye shortage? I really like my cyan 920, and honestly don't want to upgrade until there is another equally nice color. But lately all nokia wants to give us is bumblebee yellow and shiny blood red.

If there had been a cyan 1020 I would have bought it long ago, as it I'll wait for the next camera-centric model (better be this summer/fall Nokia!) and hope they fix their cyan shortage.


RE: Range?
By Avatar28 on 2/20/2014 9:47:46 AM , Rating: 2
I liked the Cyan on my Lumia 900. I love the way it almost seemed to glow when I was outdoors but not in direct sunlight. I almost wonder if there isn't a fluorescent dye in there too. That said, I ended up getting red for my 920 (it was all I could find besides black) and I really like it. It's the gloss finish and not the matte. The best thing about it is how much grippier it is after your hands get a little sweaty. It was way easier to handle one-handed.


RE: Range?
By tng on 2/19/2014 1:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
Can't really see this being useful for everything.

For me, I tend to leave my sunglasses behind allot. Can't imagine having that thing attached to my glasses and dangling off them while I am wearing them.


RE: Range?
By lagomorpha on 2/19/2014 2:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if people could use it to train their dogs to sit when it went off so they wouldn't wander off ... or their kids.


RE: Range?
By mras on 2/21/2014 4:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
I have no idea where your getting the 33feets range from.
Facts are its a BLE4.0 device -> so no, it wont work at the older models of Nokia phones, e.g. 910 and 900.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_low_energy
At the BLE4.0 standard, it's 160feets(50meters), normal bluetooth (that these devices are not), are 330feets(100meters).

You can however also choose not to adapt to the standard, and send with a larger gain(that will use more power), which will get you longer range. But this is really a BLE 4.0 product, which is why you need the 'Amber' update atleast(first supported in that revision of the Nokia phones), for those devices to work.


RE: Range?
By mras on 2/21/2014 4:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
In addition, your Nokia Treasure Tags last location will be synced to your OneDrive. They can then later, even if battery is out on those Treasure Tags, find them on the local map provider you have installed - of cause, if you haven't moved the item, since you lost them.

In addition, you can place it on your luggage. If it gets stolen/lost, you can set your phone to warn you, if it gets within the 50meters BLE4.0 range.

It is actual a nice feature those devices brings, that a lot will find useful.
I just hope the price will be sharper than the 50usd rumored.


RE: Range?
By mras on 2/21/2014 4:52:27 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, last part of article said 29.95 usd :)


Need one to find my phone.
By gixser on 2/19/2014 10:31:19 PM , Rating: 2
Its my phone that I keep misplacing. Still, might be useful for tracking down the woman in a shopping mall... if GPS was available.




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