The past few years have been good to the forgetful among us. Several lost and found trackers — tiny Bluetooth gadgets that can be affixed to everyday items like wallets and keys — have hit the market, promising the ability to ping your lost items and see their last known location on a map. Pixie is taking that one step further by adding augmented reality to the mix, so you can see exactly where those lost keys are hiding.
Like other tracking systems, you’ll need to put tiny trackers — Pixie Points — on each item that you might lose. But, instead of simply using a Bluetooth connection to keep track of your item’s location, Pixie uses each of those Points as a transmitter, relaying its position relative to all the other Pixie trackers you use. In other words, the more of them you use, the better it’ll work.
Then, you can have a bit of fun with the app — do a 360 sweep of the room with your phone’s camera, and the app will be able to map the room, pinpoint where your lost item is, and mark it on your phone using augmented reality. No more trying to track down where the pinging noise is coming from — you just see where your stuff is on your phone, then you walk over and get it.
It’s still for things lost in the immediate area. You’ll be able to find anything you’ve lost within a 150-foot radius outside and within a 30 to 50-foot range inside. The Pixie Points are also rated IP67 for water and dust resistance, so if you think you’re going to lose anything in the pool, you’re good to go.
The Pixie Points will be available starting January 25, and will cost $100 for a pack of four and $50 for a pack of two. Both packs come with a special iPhone case — keep in mind that one of those Pixie Points needs to be on your phone for the system to work. Pixie says the trackers should have a one-year battery life.