Remember those old and silly infomercials that allowed you to attach something to your key chain and with a simple remote (that most people probably lost) it would set off a super loud alarm. Not to mention that the piece that was on your key chain was gigantic and took up a ton of room in your pockets.
StickNFind to the rescue! This little sticker allows you to slap one on different items like your remote (or dog) that will allow you to find them via a sonar smart phone app. Not only are these blue tooth powered stickers clever but they are actually very useful. We all have moments where we tell ourselves, “now don’t forget where you put this” and 2 days later, it has completely disappeared from our memory. We don’t think about it until that one moment in our life where we need that one object more than anything but can’t seem to find it anywhere. For the married guy it could be the remote. For the wood worker it might stick to that do it everything tool. For the swinging single, it could be that will package hidden deep in a drawer that allows you to be “safe” on the weekends.
Save time and save yourself a headache by getting several of these things and start organizing your valuable stuff. If you have a buddy that always seems to try and take one of your valuables when he comes by (not much of a friend) you can slap one of these on there and catch him in the act. Never have a PS3 controller taken again.
Gadgets 4 Guys managed to score an interview with a team member of StickNFind Technologies. Check out what they had to say!
Can you tell us your name and a little more about the role you play at StickNFind Technologies? Jimmy Buchheim, and I am the CEO and founder of StickNFind Technologies, a subsidiary of SSI America.
How did the idea for the StickNFind come about? Tell us about the early stages of conception. Actually it was an idea that came out because we were losing track of things at home. First, my daughter kept losing her cell phone and I kept misplacing and losing my car keys. I have a difficult car, it came to the point where I had to tow the car to the dealership just to get a new set of keys made. I thought, wouldn’t it be great to be able to keep track of these things. We’ve been working on developing the technology for two years now, we finally got it down to a size that we are comfortable with (size of a U.S. quarter), with a reasonable range of 100 feet. We will continue to work to make it smaller and better.
What were some of the challenges you ran into in the development and testing of the project? We were unhappy with the size and range of the product, that was always a main concern. We want to make sure that StickNFind is small, easy to use and had a range that makes the product useful. We have been doing small RF and Bluetooth design for more than 12 years. It took us some time but we were able to customize the technology so that it reaches the size and range, with good battery life. Many of the technologies that are out there have a life of maybe two months. StickNFind’s battery last over a year and is easily replaceable.
What uses did you guys see for the StickNFind (internally at the company)? As I mentioned before, I use it on my car keys, but you can use it on just about anything. We’ve tracked everything from staplers to people around the office.
What marketing efforts have you done with StickNFind and what do you plan to do? So far we have just worked on IndieGoGo’s platform to market the product and raise the initial money for production. We haven’t done anything outside of that yet. We are building partnerships out of CES and hope to have it everywhere by our commercial launch in March.
You just made more headlines with the MeterPlug as well. Can you share some secrets on future projects you all are working on? Right now we have StickNFind, MeterPlug and we most recently launched the BluTracker. BluTracker is like the StickNFind on steroids with a 2500 ft range and some additional features like motion detection. It is great for tracking kids, pets, bikes, employees, cars and much more. We are focusing on getting these products out in production and then we’ll be ready to share more. We have made some great partnerships for interesting tracking and motion sensory technologies, so we will get ready on working on those projects as soon as we get into full production of our recent launches.