If you lose a device, companies have options like Apple’s “Find My iPhone”, and Google has the ability to help Android device owners find their phone, too.
But it looks like Tile, the company that has made finding things a lot easier for years now thanks to Bluetooth, wants to try something different. Engadget is reporting on Monday that Tile has partnered up with chip makers to build the ability to find gadgets, thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), right into the chips themselves. Companies like Qualcomm, Toshiba, Cypress, Silicon Labs, and others are already on board:
“BLE chip makers involved in the deal include the likes of Qualcomm, Dialog, Silicon Labs, Cypress and Toshiba, all of which will be able to integrate Tile technology onto their chips during production, allowing manufacturers to enable their products with Tile from the get-go. As Tile CEO CJ Prober says, “With over 20 billion BLE devices forecasted to ship in the next four years, ‘Find with Tile’ will soon be a key everyday feature in consumer products.”
Tile has been around since 2013, and it allows owners to attach a physical device to something like their keys and then keep tabs on it. However, there is a bit of a limit because it’s Bluetooth, so Tile works in a radius of about 300 feet or so. Still, building the feature right into the Bluetooth LE-capable chips is a good move, and it should be a welcomed addition for folks who lose their smartphone more often than they’d like to admit.
The new Tile integration should be standard from the aforementioned chip makers soon.