RF device tracking/finding fobs have been around for years. In the past, you put one fob on the thing you wanted to track - say, a child, keys, whatever - and the other tracker fob on your key ring or in your pocket. When you wanted to find the other end of this duo, you pushed a button on your fob and then the other side would buzz or make some noticeable sound. These were/are typically inexpensive, work pretty well, and overall supply about as much functionality as the Wallet TrackR. The Wallet TrackR is supposed to slip into your wallet (it's about as thick as two or three credit cards, but it is do-able). The maker states a few more powerful uses than my example above, but in practice I found that these did not work as well as one would hope or required some amazing circumstance to be able to execute.
Use 1: Your wallet leaves you (dropped, pick pocketed, etc.) and your phone lets you know this via the WT software. OK, I could get this to work. For the most part, it doesn't work reliably unless you have the software actually running on top of the stack. I got it to occasionally work in background on iOS, but not in such a reliable way that I feel like I want to count on it or use that much space in my wallet. Some negatives aside from the reliability and usability here are that it does not provide directional information. You have to be able to wander around and hear the beeps or not. Hmmm, not useful in any sort of crowded area.
Use 2: Your Phone leaves you and you have the TrackR in your hand. You can push a button and your phone will sound. Once again, this works better when the software is not in background. But, who is going to keep WT software on top of the stack all the time? I tried it and could hear the sound of my phone in the house. Normally, we do this by just calling the phone and not having an extra thing to carry around (I think it is OK to presume other phones around). This mode is more functional in my tests than the main use above, but since we can just call the phone or, in the case of my iOS phone we can use "Find My iPhone", this is not that helpful of a function, even if it did work really well. In fact, for finding one's iPhone at a distance greater than Bluetooth's reach (30 feet or so) using Apple's location service does provide LOCATION which totally trumps random beeps in any case.
Use 3: Crowd sourced location finding. I didn't actually bother to do this. If it does work, I can't imagine that a stolen device or wallet would be in the area long enough for you to get everyone working on the problem. That said, it is an interesting idea. To really work well, everyone in your crowd should have this installed before you all go out rather than waiting for a problem to occur.
ONE BIG POSITIVE:
I found that the company's support was stellar. I lodged a complaint on their service website and received nearly immediate response and offers of help via email. Of course, they couldn't fix my issues which revolve around the lack of needed functionality, but they did what they could do within their capability and my reasonable expectation and they did it in a short amount of time. I'd rate them better than most in this respect.
Looks nice, well made, doesn't do anything helpful although the company tries to be helpful. Unless you just need to have gadgets to play with all the time, this is mostly a 60 second party or bar show and tell item and not a valuable security measure for your critical portable possessions.
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