I used to pride myself on traveling light. I think I actually spent years without a purse. Now, I won’t leave the house without a bag at least the size of my head and I have a few essentials that I always carry with me: keys, phone, lipgloss.
That’s it. Those are my essentials in life. I mean, I have a wallet and credit cards and sometimes even cash. But my wallet always stays in my purse and my purse is usually too big to lose (although, trust me, it can be done). But I am forever asking where my keys are or where my phone is. And it’s usually as I’m rushing to get out the door.
Fun fact: I’ve often searched frantically looking for an object that’s actually in my hand.
In my household, we use the Find My Phone feature on our devices as often as we check Facebook. So we can usually track down the device. But it’s not perfect. If you don’t have location services turned on, you won’t even know where it’s physically located. And if the battery is dead, then forget it. You probably won’t find it until you pull it out of the washing machine after you realize you threw it in there with your son’s clothes (true story).
Enter Pixie – a location tracking device that uses signaling technology based on GPS principles and a “magical” augmented reality interface to actually SHOW people the location of misplaced objects. So how does it work?
My review package of the Pixie location tracker came with an iPhone case (I specifically asked for an iPhone 7 case but it comes in most iPhone sizes) with a cutout for the Pixie tag. Along with the case are four (4) color coded “Hero Tabs.” The colors are arbitrary and you can simply pick your favorite color if you want and assign the other colors to your family members (or keep them all for yourself!).
Inside the package are also the accessories you might need like like an adhesive sticker (for placing it on your phone or phone case or other object), a plastic loop that you could put on a keyring (that’s what I did) or a pet collar, along with cleaning wipes to make sure your surface is clean before applying any adhesive.
I took advantage of the iPhone case which integrates the Hero Tab nicely.
Once you have your tabs in place, download the Get Pixie app, name and sync your objects, and then conveniently lose them so you can play around.
Here’s a a general idea of how it works.
If you lose one of your synced objects, open the Pixie app and select the missing object. After a panorama scan, the app will lead you toward the object. At close range, a metal detector helps give you precise proximity.
Inside the house, I found that the app worked like a charm. I could find my keys in a precise location. And to further test it, I had my son hide them from me. They were hidden on a bookshelf nestled in between cookbooks and I found them right away!
Outside the house, the task wasn’t quite as easy. I filmed my escapade so you could see Pixie in action.
Things you might want to know about the Pixie location tracker:
- Pixie is currently ONLY available for iOS devices but they expect to have is available for Android by the end of 2017
- The Hero Tabs contain a battery that never requires charging and should last about 12 months
- You will need to buy replacement Hero Tabs when the battery dies, which typically run about 4 for $99
- There are great back to school sales running at GetPixie.com right now!
Think you don’t need a device like the Pixie location tracker? Check out their Lost & Found Survey which proves that we really are losing our minds!