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Item Locating System

Postposted on Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:09 pm

I'm always losing my gloves. I know they're somewhere in the house, but I just can't find them. It would be great if I could put some RFID sticker on them, and then wave a reader around, and see if the signal from this RFID tag is strong here or weak there. Is there such a system out there? Is RFID the right technology, or is there something else?
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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:20 pm

Seriously?
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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:25 pm

The problem with RFID is that it is only effective over very short distances so you would probably see your gloves anyway.

Oh, and then you'd lose the RFID reader.
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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:38 pm

Maybe you can figure out how to implant a tiny speaker in them that beeps. Kinda like the "Page" function on a cordless phone.

Another option would be to dip them in something radioactive, and then walk around the house with a Geiger counter. This has the added bonus that it might turn you into an evil supervillan with giant hands.
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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:53 pm

The solution is the same as for people who consistently lose any other item:
Establish a place where you put these things every time. Look there first.
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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:01 pm

Maybe something like the Tile: http://www.thetileapp.com/

Although at $20 apiece, you could probably just buy another pair of gloves...
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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:33 pm

I would really like to hear from someone who has used the tile. How well does it work? For car keys and sunglasses (of all things).
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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:01 pm

Some models of Panasonic cordless phones support locators that you can attach to ~anything, though they seem designed mostly for attaching to key rings. From the base station or from another handset, you can page the device to start it beeping. I think they're under $20 each.
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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:11 pm

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Re: Item Locating System

Postposted on Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:15 pm

chuckula wrote:Oh, and then you'd lose the RFID reader.

Solution: Put an RFID tag on the reader, and have a backup reader! :lol:
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