If you're an iPhone 4S (or a new iPad) owner and often find yourself spending time searching for misplaced keys or other such items, Logitec's new Bluetooth 4.0 accessory – the LBT-MPVRU01 "Burutag" (which translates to "vibrating tag") may just be the solution you've been looking for.
Pair the LBT-MPVRU01 to your iPhone 4S via Bluetooth, download the Burutag app from the iTunes store, and you'll be able to tap a virtual button in the app to make the accessory play a melody or vibrate, depending on its setting (changeable through a switch on the device).
Conversely, if you have the Burutag with you, and can't locate your iPhone 4S, hitting a button on the accessory will make your handset play its ringtone.
The LBT-MPVRU01 and your iPhone 4S must be within 10 meters for the functionality to work (assuming there are no solid walls), so if you left your vibrating-tagged keys in the office, well, you're out of luck.
There is, however, an "In Case You Leave Something Behind" mode that can be activated to alert you whenever the LBT-MPVRU01 is outside of your iPhone 4S's connectivity range. Both devices will ring at once.
If your PC is equipped with a BlueTooth 4.0 USB adapter, the LBT-MPVRU01 can also be paired to that, allowing you to automatically lock your Windows 7 PC whenever the gadget is out-of-range.
The idea itself is not entirely new. Cobra Tag for Android and BlackBerry provided pretty much the same functionality a couple years back. Although in Cobra Tag's case, when your device is out of range it will notify you via email instead.
That said, Burutag does take advantage of Bluetooth 4.0's low-energy profile, consuming significantly less power both for your iPhone 4S and the gadget itself – which is powered by a single CR2023 cell battery. Logitec rates the gadget's battery life at approximately two years.
Unfortunately, this also means that the accessory is not compatible with any prior iPhone or iPad models (the 4S and the new iPad are the only two IOS devices equipped with Bluetooth 4.0). Nevertheless, if you're keen on picking one up, the gadget is open to preorders at Logitec's web store in Japan, priced at 3,490 (in retail shops it's open-priced).
The LBT-MPVRU01 Burutag is available in three colours (black, red, and white), and goes on sale in Japan in mid-to-late April. Logitec has not yet announced any plans to sell the gadget outside of Japan.