Ask Mr. Scruff to find your phone, and make sure your child's favourite toy never gets lost.
If you’re at your wit’s end with stuff in your house getting lost, Chipolo might just be the Bluetooth tracker you didn’t know you needed.
A coin-sized device that connects to an app on your phone via Bluetooth, Chipolo is a phone-finding, stuff-tracking wonder gadget for anything precious in your life that has a tendency to worm its way under the sofa, fall under the bus seat or simply vanish without a trace.
Basically, if you can lose it, this little nipper can find it.
When you’ve attached Chipolo to a thing like keys or a children’s toy, or even slipped it inside something like a wallet or a purse, it will let you track it within a 200 feet Bluetooth range via the app. Chipolo will play a loud tune all the while you’re looking for it, and step-by-step map guidance in the app will show you exactly the route you need to take to be reunited with your lost item.
If you wander out of that Bluetooth range, you’ll still be able to see exactly where you were the last time that you had your item nearby. It’s not just you that will be searching for your lost item, either. Chipolo makes use of grows GPS, meaning if anyone else with the app goes in range of it, you’ll get a notification. You can also sync one Chipolo device with the app on multiple phones, making tracking lost stuff a joint family effort.
Just like any good Bluetooth tracker these days, you can also find your phone using Chipolo. It works in reverse; just double press the device, and it will make your lost phone ring – even if it’s on silent. This literally means that your child’s cuddly rabbit can now ring your iPhone, which is pretty handy.
One special feature that makes Chipolo that little bit different to the average Bluetooth tracker is the sheer volume it’s able to sing. The average Bluetooth tracker on the market can usually hit around 70 decibels, which is about as loud as a vacuum cleaner, but Chipolo can blast out a tune at a whopping 90 decibels.
That might just save your bacon when your child drops their favourite toy bunny in a busy shopping centre.
Chipolo is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It’s available in 2 versions; the super-loud and waterproof Plus model, or the Classic model complete with a replaceable battery. You can pre-order both here for £24.99 (around £23).