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INTRODUCED: HTC unveils the HTC Fetch Bluetooth 4.0 LE Tracker
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 30.08.13 - 12:05:49 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 6932x
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Today, HTC unveiled its HTC Fetch, a small black Bluetooth dongle which is said to help you not losing your phone or leaving it behind anymore. By pairing with the phone, the sleek and compact 29.35 x 29.35 x 9.3 mm keychain device activates the phone's ringtone if 15 meters of each other. If both are lost, a convenient map location feature informs the owner where the HTC Fetch and phone were last together. The HTC Fetch is designed to secure a phone and belongings, allows last seen tracking, acts as a remote camera shutter and it's said to be easy to set up and easier to use. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0/LE, the coin cell battery is good enough for a working time of up to 6 month.

I see some interesting use cases for it, for instance securing luggage (instead of getting a reminder if I leave my smartphone behind me) on airports or train stations, etc.

According to HTC, the HTC Fetch should be available before end of year for around US$ 39 and HTC lists the HTC One mini and HTC Butterfly as compatible devices. However, I would expect that the HTC One is also compatible.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Bob Hobson on 31.08.13 - 15:22:59

Just an FYI for everyone. Okoban stickers will solve this exact problem by letting someone who finds your lost stuff immediately contact you directly without exposing private information. I use them on almost everything I take when I travel after one of the tags was responsible for getting my lost passport returned to me in Rome one time. You can get them at mystufflostandfound.com

Posted by Arne Hess on 31.08.13 - 18:34:22

Sounds useful but it's so NOT geeky! ;-) No battery or antenna, not geeky! ;-)

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