New Bluetooth accessory ‘Tile’ wants to keep you from losing important stuff

By , Jul 16, 2013

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Introducing the Tile, a small square device with built-in Bluetooth that connects to your iPhone to help you find lost items like your wallet, car keys, computer and more. In fact, anything you attach the Tile to, the app can help you track down.

Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Bluetooth accessory team up with the iPhone with the promise of tracking things down. But Tile is small, extremely affordable and can attach to almost anything. And it has several other cool features too…

Here’s Tile in action (via MacRumors):

As you can see, the Tile has a number of interesting features. I particularly like that you can securely share Tiles with friends, as well as the ‘Lost item’ function that discreetly puts all other Tile users on the lookout for your lost or stolen item.

Because the Tile uses Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0, its battery lasts for about a year. After that, you’ll have to replace it. That also means it’ll only work with Bluetooth 4.0 devices, which includes the iPhone 4S/5, iPod touch 5 and late model iPads.

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The Tile isn’t available for purchase yet. The developers finished their prototyping and are currently hosting a Kickstarter-like pre-order to raise money to start production. And with 7 days left to go, they’ve already raised $1 million on 18,500 orders.

Pre-ordered Tiles are about $6 cheaper right now, at $18.95, then they will be in retail. So if you’re interested, you may want to hop on over to the Tile website and grab yours. The accessory will start shipping either later this year, or early 2014.

What do you think of Tile?

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  • Guest

    According to their website: “Each Tile lasts for one year after activation with the Tile app”. That’s a dealbreaker for me since you can’t just replace a $3 battery- you have to buy a whole new tile.

    • saurabh yadav

      Yeah. Its undigested stuff. As a user, I would like to have a device which as removable battery option. I cannot buy a tile every year. Had glanced similar product named as Gecko in indiegogo website. Its a good one. Main issues with battery. I don’t know how much it will survive because I have had used such gadgets before. Had only surviving experience.

    • Adam Reber

      Uhh.. I thought this at first but then I realized. If someone stole your bike they could just take the battery out of the Tile and bam. It is now useless.

  • pnh

    According to their website: “Each Tile lasts for one year after activation with the Tile app.” That’s a dealbreaker for me since you can’t just replace a $3 battery- you have to buy a whole new Tile.

    • Shane Sepeda

      I agree. I thought wow, I’m going to buy that! But then I saw that they only last a year. Useless.

    • Jarryd Richards

      It’s only $20 and it lasts a whole year, some people buy a new $1,000 iPhone every year, and there are some positives to this as it makes tile thinner and waterproof. Also if they release a new one every year you will always have the latest version.

      • anoadragon453

        They also send you a bag to recycle the old one when you’re finished with it.

      • momerathe

        some people also have sex with household objects – that doesn’t make it a good idea

      • Iam Littles

        Lmao to funny but I don’t like that I can’t replace the battery id have to buy a whole new one

      • Iam Littles

        Lets say I don’t upgrade my phone ever again guess what I can still use it w/ a few restriction most likely but itll still work as a phone

    • Adam Reber

      Uhh.. I thought this at first but then I realized. If someone stole your
      bike they could just take the battery out of the Tile and bam. It is
      now useless…

  • Tyler

    According to their website: “Each Tile lasts for one year after activation with the Tile app”. That’s a dealbreaker for me since you can’t just replace a $3 battery- you have to buy a whole new tile.

  • cottage McKay

    According to their website: “Each Tile lasts for one year after activation with the Tile app.” That’s a dealbreaker for me since you can’t just replace a $3 battery- you have to buy a whole new Tile.

  • anoadragon453

    Well I think this is really useful. I’ve preordered three, and got a fourth free. :)

  • Kurt

    According to their website: “Each Tile lasts for one year after
    activation with the Tile app”. That’s a dealbreaker for me since you
    can’t just replace a $3 battery- you have to buy a whole new tile.

    • momerathe

      do you seriously have nothing better to do than post the same thing from five different accounts?

      • Kurt

        Nope I have nothing better to do, i just thought I would hack into their accounts to post the same thing.

      • pnh

        I posted it once. 4 other a-holes have been copy pasting it. Not sure why. My point was dead on. Not worth it to put it on my keychain and replace it every year.

      • Eric

        I plan on taking it apart to try to replace the bAttery

      • Tyler

        According to their website: “Each Tile lasts for one year after
        activation with the Tile app”. That’s a dealbreaker for me since you
        can’t just replace a $3 battery- you have to buy a whole new tile.

      • Tyler

        According to their website: “Each Tile lasts for one year after
        activation with the Tile app”. That’s a dealbreaker for me since you
        can’t just replace a $3 battery- you have to buy a whole new tile. k

      • Tyler

        do you seriously have nothing better to do than bitch about shit on the internet?

  • Ricky

    Teally usefull though i prefer to be able to change the battery

  • D.

    For what it actually does, I think $20 a year is pretty decent.
    Although saying that, I don’t know if there is anything else out there that does the same thing.

  • MarcPhilippeB

    wahh I had exactly the same idea one year ago, EXACTLY. that’s really frustrating.

  • bn326160

    I’m going to buy 765435677589 of those! :)

  • deepdvd

    Non-replaceable battery. StickNFind looks like a way better alternative.

    • Ramesh Moorthy

      StickNFind reviews are terrible… Kensington Proximo gets better reviews but has higher initial cost. Seems as if right now, it is a tough call what to get if you need something like this.

  • saurabh yadav

    Visited the indiegogo website. Saw product name Gecko . All similar stuffs with good battery life + removable battery option. Isn’t it cool. Music control with video recording….

  • Patrick Kerwin

    I bought several tile’s and after waiting a year to receive them I was in shock that they are useless pieces of garbage. I tried using one of my tiles and to be honest I can’t see how anyone could hear the sound emitted from a tile. I have excellent hearing and I couldn’t hear my tile emitting the sound they make and I was within 5 feet of it. I tried to return my tiles for a refund but I was given the run around, do yourself a favor and don’t waste your money on these because they are junk and you will get the run around trying to return them like I did. I have 4 tiles if someone wants them since I can’t get a refund.