Devices called “smart tags” have been around since 2012. One of the biggest providers of RFID enabled tags, designed to help you located your stuff is Tile. Tile is a great little product that can help you find your wallet, your keys, your phone or anything else that you attach it to. These kinds of tags use an app and either wifi geo-fencing, gps or crowdsourcing to help you locate your stuff, when you lose it. Using technology in this manner is, reactive. You can’t find something so you use your app and locate it.
What if there was a tag that was proactive. What if a tag could tell you that you’re about to lose something, forget something or leave it behind.
Enter MuTag, a tag that does just that. MuTag from informu, can be connected to any device and you can set up parameters and rules that will remind you to take your stuff with you (somewhat similar to IFTTT). For example, say you have an important presentation on Monday that you finished the previous Wednesday. You want to make sure you don’t forget the thumb drive with the presentation on it when you leave for work on Monday morning. You can attach a MuTag to the thumb drive, and tell it through the app that on Monday morning, before you leave the house, you need to take that thumb drive with you. MuTag will alert you before you leave the house. Then, if for some reason you get in your car and pull off without the thumb drive it will remind you to go back and pick it up.
More broadly, you can attach a MuTag to your passport or your travel luggage, and when you enter travel information into your phone, you can automatically be reminded to take your passport or your luggage. When you use a MuTag with your luggage you can keep up to date with where your luggage is as you’re traveling. Then when you arrive at your destination you can sit back, relax and when your luggage comes up the conveyor belt, you’ll be alerted.
See it’s great to have a tag that you can use to find your luggage if it’s lost, but even better to have a MuTag that can tell you that it’s lost.
Check out MuTag, the proactive smart tag, at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #51868 and online at informu.io