Losing valuables is something that nobody wants. However, the distracted human mind and opportunists make it necessary to track keys, backpacks, suitcases, etc.
To bring a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-operate solution, Kensington announced the Next, a line of devices that connect to iPhones 4S / 5 via Bluetooth 4.0 and notify the user when they leave the range or distance themselves from the user.
Two models of smart keychains with integrated speaker work with the Proximo app [grátis; 17,5MB; requer o iOS 5.0 ou superior de iPhones/iPods touch]. The larger one has a button that sends sound signals to the iPhone when pressed, interesting for those who usually lose their cell phone at home. The roundest and smallest only emits sounds when it leaves a predetermined area.
Check out a promotional video (unfortunately, the player is in Flash):
One of the app’s interesting features, which can track up to five keyrings simultaneously, is the ability to store geolocation data. Unfortunately, the devices do not have integrated GPS chips, but the app shows the iPhone’s location when each has left the Bluetooth range.
According to Macworld, who tested the keyrings, their only major problem is the limited range of Bluetooth. In this way, sometimes an object can be listed as lost, in fact it is only a few rooms away from the user.
The complete Proximo set, with two key rings, costs $ 60. If you prefer only the simplest device, without a button, it costs $ 25.
At CES 2013, Kensington also introduced new chargers, including a car adapter with two USB outputs – capable of charging up to two iPads at once; increased its line of iPad cases; and launched a new Contour Overnight backpack, which accommodates notebooks up to 15.6 inches.