Four gadgets to stop you losing things

Clare Aspin / 18 April 2016

Always misplacing your keys? Keep losing your umbrella? Keep track of your belongings with these gadgets to help you find them.



Never lose your umbrella

BLUNT™ Classic + Tile

If you are always leaving your umbrella behind, the BLUNT Classic + Tile could be a wise investment.

The stylish ‘brollie’ has a ‘Tile’ Bluetooth chip hidden in a pocket in the canopy, which works alongside a phone app to find the umbrella if it is has been misplaced.

If you are within 100 feet of your umbrella, it will play a tune to help you track it down.

If you leave it behind, the app will show you its ‘last-seen’  location on a map – which is the last time it was within range of your phone or that of another Tile user.

While the price tag may seem a little on the hefty side, the BLUNT Classic is a high performance umbrella, able to resist gusts of up to 72mph. It is made from high quality materials and has patented BLUNT safety tips to prevent you taking someone’s eye out in crowded areas. 

BLUNT™ Classic + Tile, RRP £63.00

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TrackR

Never lose your keys

TrackR Bravo

Keep your keys safe with the TrackR Bravo, a small gadget which uses Bluetooth to track its location.

Setting it up is simple – download the free app, pair the device with your phone, attach it to your keys (or other valuables) and you’re all set.

If you lose your keys, a tap on the app will make the gadget ring (although not particularly loudly). 

If the TrackR Bravo is out of Bluetooth range, it will show you its last known location. It can also use its Crowd GPS network to update the gadget's location when another user walks past it.

Misplaced your phone? No problem, as the tracker works two ways and pressing the button on the Bravo will make your phone ring, even if it is in silent mode (as long as the TrackR app is still open on the phone). 

TrackR Bravo, RRP £24.99

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My BuddyTag

Never lose your grandchildren

My Buddy Tag

Avoid that heart stopping moment when you lose sight of your grandchildren with the BuddyTag – a simple wristband that uses Bluetooth technology to keep track of the child wearing it.

It sends you an alert when the child moves out of your proximity and features a panic button, so the child can let you know if they are in trouble.

Easy to set up, you simply pair the wristband to your phone using the free app. 

Made of durable plastic, the wristband is fastened with a screw button which is tightened with a coin, making it difficult for the child to remove. 

Each BuddyTag has a child ID in the wristband to also help reunite you if they become separated. The wristband also sends an alert if it is submerged in water to help prevent accidental drowning.

While no substitute for paying careful attention to your grandchildren, the BuddyTag can give you extra peace of mind when in crowded areas. 

My BuddyTag, RRP £45.00

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SanDisk Cruzer Switch™ USB Flash Drive

Never lose your files and music

SanDisk Cruzer Switch™ USB Flash Drive

This compact flash drive is small enough to fit on your keyring but has enough capacity to store your photos, files and songs (around 12,000 songs on the 64GB version).

A flip top protects the flash drive and means that you will never lose the cap. 

SanDisk's Secure Access software allows you to encrypt your files and protect them with a password, keeping your data is safe, even if the drive falls into the wrong hands.

Available with storage capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, there is a version to suit all needs and budgets.

SanDisk Cruzer Switch™ 64GB USB Flash Drive, RRP £55.00 (but you can pick them up for £12.54 on Amazon)

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