Tile tracking tags were first launched back in 2013, allowing you to track the location of things like gadgets, wallets, keys and bags by attaching a small electronic tag to them. Since then, we’ve seen a series of developments with the technology …
The tags themselves got smaller, but they are still something you need to buy and attach to your property. The ideal scenario would be for Tile trackers to be built right into devices, something the company first initiated last year through partnerships with Boosted and Bose – but it now wants to go even further.
Engadget reports that Tile has formed partnerships with chip makers to include the capability in their Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chips.
BLE chip makers involved in the deal include the likes of Qualcomm, Dialog, Silicon Labs, Cypress and Toshiba, all of which will be able to integrate Tile technology onto their chips during production, allowing manufacturers to enable their products with Tile from the get-go. As Tile CEO CJ Prober says, “With over 20 billion BLE devices forecasted to ship in the next four years, ‘Find with Tile’ will soon be a key everyday feature in consumer products.”
Although Tile tracking is based on Bluetooth, and therefore has a range limited to around 300 feet, the app allows for crowdsourced location of lost devices further afield. Once a tag or device is put into Lost mode, everyone running the app will be searching for it, so the more Tile users there are, the greater the chances of being reunited with your gadgets.
It would certainly be cool to see this technology embedded in chips used by Apple devices.
Current Tile tags range in price from $25 to $35, with savings available on multi-packs.