Bengaluru-based startup Gida on Monday launched a tiny wireless device called Yoky tag that can be attached to valuables like keys and wallet and users can track them with the help of smartphones. Yoky tag is priced Rs 999 device, has a maximum range of 150 feet, and works on smartphones with Bluetooth 4+ and iOS 8+ or Android 4.3+ versions. Also Read - Facebook for Android will soon get dark mode and coronavirus tracking featureAlso Read - Scientists develop soft contact lens that can zoom with a blink
The Yoky tag has a built-in 32-bit ARM cortex SoC, a 500mAh replaceable battery that lasts for at least 12 months and three-axis high precision accelerometer. Yoky tag works by maintaining a wireless link with the smartphone, using Bluetooth Low-Energy feature. When the link is active, users can find the phone or tag and when the link breaks, the phone and the tag raise an alert.
While the Yoky Tag requires Bluetooth to be turned on all the time, one need not worry about negative impact on the phone s battery. Bluetooth 4.0+ is extremely power efficient, and Yoky uses it for extremely short durations (unlike music) typically resulting in <1% battery usage over 24 hours.
The device will beep loudly if users are about to leave behind their phone while the phone will similarly alert them if they are leaving behind the item tagged with Yoky. With the Yoky tag, you can find your things using your smartphone, and even find your phone by shaking the tag thrice. The device also acts as a fitness tracker and measures steps, estimated distance and calories. The app is available for free and can connect up to eight tags at any time.