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Summary:

Though not exactly subtle, Phone Halo’s new Glasses TrackR could be a godsend for people constantly leaving their glasses in cabs, cafes and airplanes. Using Bluetooth it alerts you when you depart without your eyewear.

Phone Halo Glasses TrackR

Phone Halo, maker of the TrackR location tags, has created a new kind of tracking gizmo targeted at those people who are constantly losing their spectacles and sunglasses.

Though Phone Halo says Glasses TrackR was designed with stealth in mind, it’s a bit hard to miss as you can see from the pictures. Then again Google Glass is hardly discreet either. If you aren’t bothered by the extra appendage behind your ear, though, the device could be a useful way of keeping tabs on your eyewear.

Like Phone Halo’s other products, the device relies on Bluetooth Low Energy technology to connect your smartphone, creating a proximity-based network that knows when your valuables and your smartphone stray too far from one another. If you forget to leave the house without your glasses, your phone will notify you. If you’re wearing your glasses and are about to leave your phone, the tracker will emit a quiet tone behind your ear.

Phone Halo Glasses TrackR rear view

You can manually initiate an alert on either device through a button on the TrackR or in Phone Halo’s smartphone app. And if you do wander out of Bluetooth range without your eyewear, TrackR will immediately drop a pin on a map indicating its last recorded location. The glasses tracker even makes use of Phone Halo’s crowdsourced location feature so if you really bung up and leave your glasses in a cab, other Phone Halo users will be able to detect it when they get nearby and send location data back to your app.

As with its other products, Wallet TrackR and Button TrackR, Phone Halo is launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 in funds and gauge interest in the Bluetooth device. You can buy the device for a $29 investment with delivery estimated in April.

Phone Halo, a finalist in Gigaom’s Mobilize Product Showcase, will likely have more products to show off in the next year, but these items won’t be on Indiegogo. Phone Halo CEO Chris Herbert told me that the company has deals with luggage and fashion companies to embed its trackers into bags and clothing accessories. The company’s goal isn’t to make a bunch of one-off devices, he said, rather it’s to build a big ecosystem of various Bluetooth-capable items that can all be tracked and managed from its central app.

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  1. This sounds very much like the a competitor to kickstarter “Tile”. http://www.thetileapp.com

    1. There are a lot of tracking tag companies out there: Linquet, Innova and Tile among them. Tile’s product is getting a lot of attention and funding though it’s not commercially available yet. Phone Halo has had TrackR out for a while, and to my knowledge no one else has built a Glasses tracker yet. I’m sure Phone Halo won’t be the last tho.

  2. A great idea! I would buy these in a heartbeat but they are TOO BIG.

    1. Hey Sarah,

      Yeah, I was a bit surprised too when I saw the pics, considering some of the new tags like Tile and Phone Halo’s own Button TrackR are tiny. I suppose it needs more battery though since it’s much more active than a button tracker. In any case, this could just be a first attempt at the product. Maybe the next iteration will be smaller.

  3. Oh how technology is advancing :)

    1. Yeah, Lapa is really working on taking it to the next level. I don’t know how their thing works, but it seems you can send a code or something to your friend through facebook or email or something, they can load it into there phone and be able to track your Lapa and find whatever it is attached to.

      One thing to consider with that one though. You would need to make sure the friend you have help you find it is trustworthy. I have plenty of friends that I KNOW are trustworthy. But my neighbor has been having her money and other stuff stolen from her by her best friends. And has been having to cut some long, close ties.

  4. So you are dumb enough to leave your glasses in the cab. The cab drives off in the distance while your Bluetooth points out your stupidity at losing another pair of glass and a $30 boat anchor. Boy, do you feel doubly stupid!

  5. Halo has broken repeated promises on delivery dates for its Button Trackr project and has consistently ignored scores of questions from contributors on its Indiegogo project page. They may have clever ideas but they don’t know how to treat their “investors” and the repeated delays in shipping promised product would lead one to question their long term viability as a company. Too bad because they have some good ideas — but refusing to communicate clearly is a leading indicator in my view.

  6. I dont understand why there isnt something like a sticker that you put on something with an RFID chip- isnt that already being one for inventories?

  7. WARNING: This developer is a con-artist who has done nothing but negate previous promises once he has your money in-hand. He will not deliver the product on-time, and whenever it eventually arrives, it will not work.

  8. Lainie Gilby Anderson Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Great idea guys we love it and are featuring it on our own blog this week to try to help raise some funds to help you bring this innovative idea to market! From Lainie & Craig Anderson, The Sunglass Fix http://www.thesunglassfix.com

  9. Cool…a great idea for people who lose their glasses all the time…may not feel comfortable when wearing it the first time but it seems helpful :)

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