Tile has announced its latest product, new QR code tags to help people find their lost items. Lost and Found tags are intended for use with items that don’t work well with regular Bluetooth item trackers, like earphone cases and textbooks. It’s also Tile’s first launch since it was acquired for $205 million by Life360, a family safety and location-sharing app that also has Jiobit child trackers.
The idea is that anyone who finds your lost items can simply scan a QR code to find your contact details and display a personalized message. (You set this part up in the Tile app.) It’s basically a more low-key, high-tech version of writing “if lost, please contact such and such and such and such” on your stuff .
This isn’t the first time Tile has used QR codes in its products, either. The company first introduced them last year on refreshed versions of the Mate, Pro, Slim and Sticker trackers. Obviously, these aren’t the same as Bluetooth trackers – they won’t make any noise and you won’t be able to see where your items are in real time. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tags aren’t as vulnerable to abuse as typical Bluetooth trackers. However, you should keep in mind that you are always put your details there, and that requires some caution. For example, you might inadvertently leak your contact information if the tag is visible in a photo you post on Instagram or if a weirdo scans it in public.
The labels are available online at Tile’s website, cost $14.99 for three sheets of labels or 15 total, and come in green, purple, and teal.