I’ve heard about Tile for quite some time. Maybe you have, as well. These little metal squares you attach to things. They’re connected to an app on your phone, and you can open the app and press a button, and the metal squares make a loud noise, and keep making that noise until you tell it to stop via the app.
I’d never really seen the need to get one. Yes, I misplace my keys now and then, but it’s very rare. I have a spot where I put them when I get home from work each day, and they hang there until I need to leave the house again. True, every now and then someone will borrow my keys and not return them, but it doesn’t happen often enough to really warrant attaching a metal square thing to the key ring.
Except then I was offered the chance to get a Tile square for free. My mom had one she wasn’t using any more, and if you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for technology, even technology that doesn’t appear to be useful to me at first glance. (Just ask Denisa. I’m sure she’ll tell you all about my penchant and the amount of doo-dads I’ve accumulated over the years.)
So I took the Tile.
And now that I’ve poked around on the app some with it, I actually think I’m going to end up using it. Why? Because the metal square doesn’t just make a noise when you use the app on your phone to find it. No–it works in the other direction as well. It can make your phone start ringing, even when the phone is set to silent.
While I might not misplace my keys very often, I lose track of my phone on a regular basis. I almost never lose both my keys and my phone at the same time. (I take my phone all over the house in many wanderings, and so it’s much harder to remember where I might have left it on any particular wander.) So I could see that functionality coming in quite handy now and then. Often enough to warrant attaching a little metal square to my keys.
Who knows? Maybe this is just the beginning. I lose my backpack sometimes. Or I could attach one to each of my kids. Maybe I could put one in a diamond setting for Denisa. The possibilities are endless!
But for now, I’ll start with just the one and see how it goes. Any of you already use Tile? What are your thoughts on it?
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