‘Tile’ helps you find things when you need them the most!

The “Tile” is a Bluetooth enabled tag that will help you keep track of things like your keys, wallet or laptop.

If you are like me, you are constantly misplacing your keys or wallet at home. Despite several efforts to create a designated home for my keys and wallet when at home it just never works out. I set a bowl on the table near the garage door, quickly that bowl is full of other orphaned items leaving no room for the keys, so i set them at the next place I come across or simply forget to drop them there and will leave them on the bed side stand. 

Inevitably, when I am walking out the door to head to the gym, work, store or wherever I can never find my keys. This is not an exaggeration, it is just a fact. Countless times I have had to run around the house like a maniac looking for on of, or both of, my keys or wallet.

Then I discovered Tile and all that has changed.

What is Tile?

Tile is a small Bluetooth enabled block or “tile” and is about 1in x 1in in size. 

Tile, when paired with your phone via the Tile App allows you to locate your tile, therefore leading you to your misplaced item. 

From within the Tile app you will see your list of Tiles, as well as your phone (more on that later). By taping the item you are looking for, and then on the “Find” button and your Tile will start ringing to alert you of its location.

Another handy feature for some (not myself as my phone is permanently tethered to me) is the ability to ring your phone by pressing the “e” on the Tile itself. This, again providing the phone is i range, will ring your phone, until you tell the Tile app you have found your phone.  

You can also share your tile with a friend or family member which will allow them to also try and find your missing item.

So that is all that is great about the Tile. Are there any cons? There are a few.

The Tile battery is not replaceable. To some this may be an inconvenience. I personally would prefer a replaceable battery that I could swap out as needed and recycle the old one through the various recycling programs available in my area. However, not everyone prefers this and Tile makes sure it is easy for you to safely return your old Tile for recycled, keeping the depleted battery of the Tile out of a landfill. When the battery runs out, and you order via their reTile program, Tile sends a long a return envelope More info on that can be found here. https://www.thetileapp.com/reTile. 

The second concern I would attribute to the Tile is its size relative to another e-tag device with similar functions, the “TrackR“. When on your key ring or hidden away in your bag, the size of the Tile is not a concern. However, when placing the Tile in a wallet, it adds significant bulk to an already bulky personal item. This is a very minor concern however. 

Ultimately, I do think the Tile is a wonderful little accessory that will help you keep track of your personal items that seem to grow legs and wonder off, and I highly recommend checking it out. Keep in mind though, that they are disposable items and not perfect for every use case they offer.

Check the Tile out over on their site!

Meet Zenbo, a robot from Asus to help you around the home.

Meet Zenbo, a friendly new robot made by Asus, designed to help you around the house.

It is pretty much all but guaranteed that robots are soon going to be playing a major role in our day to days lives. I do not think many in the tech world today will argue that.

I am firmly in the camp that if robots can become a helpful part of my daily routine, by doing menial tasks, alerting me of important notifications and reminders via voice output and things of that nature, bring it on. There have already been great strides with AI in the form of Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s upcoming Google Home device, with the logical next step being a functional robot that roams around the house.

Seems like a great future if you ask me. I am not saying I want a robot to take over running the household for me, but if it can supplant some of those task, again, bring it on.

Then I woke up this morning to ASUS’ news out of Computex 2016 and their introduction of “Zenbo”.

 

 Meet Zenbo

Isn’t he great?

Sure in a creepy, needy, stalker robot kind of way, sure, he is great.

The intro video from ASUS, trying to show off some of Zenbo’s utility doesn’t make this little AI any less creepy as far as I am concerned.

In all seriousness though I think the forward momentum with bots and AI will continue to improve with each iteration, eventually leading us to something exceptionally useful and worth the investment.

What do you think? Is Zenbo a little too creepy to invite intro your home, or does he offer enough utility to justify the investment to help augment your you routine?

Let me know what you think down below. 

The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 packs all the power you will ever need.

Heading out on a trip and not liking the idea of lugging around, and inevitably losing, several different USB chargers? The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 is just what you are looking for.

Well, all the power you will ever need until it needs to be recharged again.

What is it?

The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 is a USB-C portable external battery containing a massive 20100 mAH battery.

This particular portable battery is host to 2 x USB type A ports and 1 x USB type C ports. Charging the battery is completed via the USB type C port which is also capable of delivering a charge to USB type C devices, including the new MacBooks which charge via USB-C.  While the USB type A ports are for charging other devices such as your tablet or phone.

The PowerCore+ 20100 utilizes “PowerIQ & VoltageBoost” technology. According to Anker, ” PowerIQ™ technology dynamically detects and adapts to your device’s unique charging protocol enabling it to charge at full speed. So thanks to PowerIQ™, together with Anker’s industry-leading power output, charge faster and save time.” (source https://www.anker.com/poweriq/). What does that mean? Simply put, your device will charge faster when connected to this battery pack compared to most other charging appliances available.

In the box you will find the following: 60cm USB A to USB-C cable, 60cm Micro USB cable, 90cm USB-C to USB-C cable, welcome guide and a travel pouch. The PowerCore+ 20100 comes with an 18 month limited warranty as well.

Why do you want this?

This is a road-warriors best friend. With the exceptionally high capacity battery, this power pack is capable of charging devices such as Google’s Nexus 6P’s 3,450 mAH battery several times before needing a recharge.

According to Anker, you could charge one MacBook, one iPad Air 2 and one iPhone fully on one charge.

This would be ideal for use on a weekend trip for business or family camping trip and want to keep your phone and tablet charged up without lugging around several different wall wart adapters and cables.

My Experience

I recently used the PoweCore+ on an trip to Montreal. I had no qualms about where I would be able to plug into a traditional charger. We were staying in an Air BNB apartment, so plugging in each night was not going to be an issue.

However, we were planning to be sightseeing each day of our 4 days in the city and I do not trust my Nexus 6P to make it through a day even when the camera is not used. So with the extra drain expected on the battery, I did not want to worry about missing a picture as the result of a dead phone battery.

The PowerCore+ added very little bulk to my bag that was also toting our water bottles among other essentials.

While out and about snapping pictures my battery quickly dropped down to the 40% mark. Between destinations I connected the USB A to C cable to the battery pack and carried on for 20 or so minutes. Each time I disconnected my battery was back up to about 75% and I was ready to go again.

One thing I did not discover until after my trip was how to use the battery with a USB C cable to charge the device. As mentioned this battery can charge a device off of all three USB ports. Each and every time I connected my Nexus 6P to the battery pack it would draw power from the phone, not provide a charge. After some reading online I discovered that to charge a device off the UCB C port, you must first press the indicator button on the battery then connect the device. This appears to reverse the current direction on the port allowing it to charge your device.

Should You Buy This?

Absolutely! There are several other brands in the heavily saturated market of portable batteries but, Anker is number one in this space, so you know your investment will be well worth it in the end. 

The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 portable battery can be purchased on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

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