LinquetWe hear a lot about the "Internet of things". One day, everything will be connected to everything else, and the world will be a better place. At least that's what they tell us, right? Well the folks at Linquet have an example, and I think they just might have it right.

They're tiny tags — slightly bigger than a quarter — that communicate with your smartphone and prevent you from losing your stuff. There are lots of gadgets that help you find your stuff, but Linquet tries to keep things from getting lost in the first place. You install the Linquet app on your phone, and set it to fire off an alarm on your phone and the tag if the two get too far apart. You can tell it how far is too far through the app, and the whole kit is customizable.

In addition, the system communicates with the cloud to help you track and find things that you did manage to lose. Maybe you were at the club and didn't hear the alarm. You can log into your Linqet account, find where the tag is, and go retrieve it — or delegate a friend to do it for you. It sounds pretty slick.

The folks behind the idea had a successful beta test, and now they're ready to go to final production. That's where they need your help. Starting today, you can pre-order a Linquet that will be delivered in December should the funding get all sorted out. You're not charged until it ships, so this is a little different from a Kickstarter campaign. The coolest part is the price. the tags themselves are free — you only pay for the monthly service at $2.99 each per month.

The system will work with Android phones that have Bluetooth Low Energy support (we've been telling you this was pretty cool) like the HTC One or the Galaxy S4, that run Android 4.3

We've got a product video and press release after the break, and for more details you'll want to follow the link below.

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Linquet for Smartphones Uses the Cloud to Prevent Loss of Valuables

New iOS, Android and Bluetooth solution, powered by the Internet of Things, will end the era of “lost and found”

VANCOUVER, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 — Linquet (https://linquet.com), an innovative product for iPhones, iPads and Android devices that promises to not just find missing objects, but actually prevent them from getting lost or misplaced in the first place, today announced the start of its crowdfunding effort.

By “linqing” possessions to the mobile app with its tiny devices, Linquet creates a fully customizable mini network for each user, connecting their most valued possessions to the “Internet of Things.” Users simply attach a Linquet to their prized possession (even a pet’s collar or a child’s clothing) and are then alerted whenever the object and the user’s phone are separated by various distances up to 100 feet. The user is immediately notified of this separation as to prevent loss in the first place.

“We’ve all been there. We always lose our phones, keys, wallets, laptops, pretty much everything,” said Pooya Kazerouni, Linquet’s president. “Now, we have a solution that is much more than a ‘lost and found.’ Linquet actually prevents your valuables from getting lost in the first place.”

Linquet is a cloud-based solution, with many amazing features like “real-time tracking”, so that if users miss any alerts, Linquet provides a time and location signature to track down objects after the fact. “Cloud-based profiles” let users personalize the experience based on your environment so the alarm won’t, for example, sound in the office. The “Trusted Friends” option lets people add trusted contacts to help them retrieve items. “Reverse Mode” will sound an alert when a linqed item comes into range (e.g. a suitcase on a baggage carousel). It also has a powerful programmable button which can even be used as a panic button or to simply activate the camera by remote control or many other things.

Linquets are available now for pre-ordering at $2.99 per month per device (there is no cost for the device itself and the app is free to download). Discounts are available depending on volume. For more information, visit https://linquet.com.

About Linquet

Part hardware, part smartphone app and part cloud technology, the innovative Linquet is designed to prevent the loss or theft of phones and other valuables. The first cloud-based anti-loss solution, Linquet gives people an effortless way to keep tabs on everything important to them by allowing them to “linq” their valuables to their smartphones. Using Bluetooth technology, Linquet can be linqed to phones via the free Linquet app. Linquet works with iOS and Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0. Its battery lasts up to 1 year, even with constant use. Slightly larger than a quarter, Linquet is so tiny it can easily be slipped into even the smallest wallets or attached to a passport cover. For more information, visit https://linquet.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Linquet, and on Twitter at @Linquet.

 

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Linquet wants to remove the word lost from your vocabulary

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Finally I knew this would arrive. Next phase: people and pets

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It seems to me your smartphone and object must be together prior to separation. Moreover, the object can not subsequently move. Hence, child or pet cannot be located.

Haven't seen an explanation as to how a moving Linquet can be tracked. Also, I wonder how precise the location of a Linquet would be if your smartphone and Linquet were separated in a location, a building for example, where the GPS signal to your smartphone was not available.

I've more to learn.

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Thanks for the comment, Jimbo. The main purpose of Linquet is to prevent the loss from happening in the first place (aka Anti-loss). But it also smartly updates the location in real-time (without killing your phone battery) which plus all its cloud-based abilities (e.g. Profiles, Trusted Friends, etc.); allows it to act as a powerful "post-loss" solution as well. Also, other cloud-based features are being added constantly to provide the best protection for your phone as well as other valuables.

This sounds pretty neat, but I don't like the subscription model. Charge me for the tags and app and I'm in.

Fully agree. A service these days has to provide so much more than this to be worthy of a subscription! There are plenty of alternatives available and soon to be available that will be one of purchases.

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We're an 'Internet of Things' company focused on connecting the real world to the cloud. Although Linquet is a fantastic device, we believe that the real value is more and more about the cloud-based solutions and the sophisticated software, and less about a tiny device. That's why we have a creative HaaS (Hardware-as-a-Service) business model which makes Linquet very affordable - only $2.99/mth or less for a Linquet(no commitments - cancel anytime). That price includes our unlimited cloud-based service and solutions, hardware updates, new features, My Profiles, Trusted Friends network, Linquet 3rd party Apps, etc. We've created HaaS not to only make Linquet affordable for everyone, but also to align our interests with our customers' interests. Other companies' job is done when users click on the BUY/ORDER, but for Linquet, that's just the beginning. After all, we won't make money when users order our product, we'll only make money if users enjoy our solution and keep using it.

Unfortunately, despite the company reply, I'm still in agreement with those above who are worried about the re-hashed product-as-service subscription model.

Do you know who else uses a "Hardware-as-a-Service" approach? Mobile telephone companies.

It's called subsidization and we're (hopefully) seeing a change in United States as people start to understand how much they are getting over-charged for this "HaaS" approach.

I'll grant that Linquet has a "leave anytime" clause. Does that also mean that all your devices then become useless (cripple-ware)? No thanks.

Charge what you want for the product and charge what you want for the service. Those are separate concerns.

Anything else and I feel like I'm being cheated.

Ailima, thanks for your honest feedback. For a company who's introducing an innovative business model in the market, we're wiling to be misunderstood in the short term for the long term success of the customer. Remember when Microsoft introduced licensing or when Salesforce introduced SaaS? Telcos don't have HaaS because you can't cancel your service at anytime - if you do, you'll have to pay hefty penalties! Our product is not a device, it's a comprehensive cloud-based solution with a device as just an enabler. So, the real value is the cloud and sophisticated software/service powering the device, and not just a tiny device itself. Also, in a world where people are paying up to $100/yr for their device insurance - which is only for the phone and also useless in terms of prevention - we believe a $2.99/mth (or less) is a great value proposition fro all the great things Linquet has to offer, specially since you can cancel it at anytime. As you have suggested, we are charging what we want for the device: $0.

Here's what I want to know. Can these devices be used as trusted devices with the moto x? If so, I'm in. Keep a tab on my wallet and keys while having my phone unlock itself sounds good.

The article lead me to believe it required bluetooth LE support but the video says it works with regular bluetooth.
Its a great idea but I hope they figure out a way to shrink it down, it just looks huge in the wallet in the video.

Sorry for the confusion. But Linquet works with Bluetooth 4.0 and is so tiny you could easily put in the smallest wallets. :)

Guys, please spell check your articles.

"You install the Linquet app on your phone, and set it to fire off an alarm on your phone and the tag the too get too far apart."

Well spellcheck wouldn't help too much considering nothing is spelled wrong in that sentence.

Please proofread your comments.

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I was just listening to a ted talk yesterday that discussed how in the near future losing things will be a thing of the past. Granted the speaker was talking about gps dots, this sounds similar though.

We need to prevent the loss and misplacement of our stuff and remove lost from our vocabulary. We hope Linquet can help many do that.

The concept looks promising, and it will be interesting to see how it behaves in the real world. One thing I wonder about is how it will interact with security during travel, with continuous, or repeated RF transmissions from my luggage, wallet, etc.

I installed the app, which of course doesn't do much yet, but I'm a bit put off that it places a persistent app icon in the Notification area, with no provision for disabling it in the app settings. All it does is allow you to start the app. I don't really need that taking up valuable notification space.

I tried to send an email regarding that comment to the developer from the app, but it insisted on my inclusion of my phone number, so I just abandoned that effort. This is off to a shaky start with me. I think they need to be a little less aggressive with personal data collection at this point.

You should be able to disable the notification by going to settings->apps (or by long-pressing the notification and tapping "App info") and then unchecking the "Show notifications" check box.

I call bullshit. The widget obviously can't talk to "the cloud", so your phone already knows everything there is to know about the last location of your widget. Is anybody really going to pay $3/month just to have the last known location shown on a PC web browser rather than showing it on the phone? For $3/month you also get the "trusted friend" silliness, but that would be really easy to implement with no need for a cloud service.

Just charge me for the widget and stop trying to rip me off monthly.

Wouldn't it be great if this evolved into a community based solution allowing the device to communicate its location through another persons Linquet App (anonymously of course). This would then allow tracking of moving objects once the community is large enough. I would then see the benefit of a subscription.

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Thanks for your comment Tom. Firstly,Linquet is focused on preventing the loss in the first place. Secondly, some features sound much better than they are. Other than tons of security and privacy concerns with such a feature, for that to be a reliable feature you'd need tens (if not hundreds) of millions of users with Linquet app on their phone. Anything less than that would make it completely useless. Not to mention that it would kill the battery very quickly on your phone as well as others'. As the first cloud-based product of our kind, we've thought a lot about the right user experience - which we are obsessed with - and that's why we've started with reliable features like Cloud-based profiles and smart network of Trusted Friends. Obviously, these are just a few of many features/services we will add to this amazing cloud-based solution, based on our users' feedback and advancement of our technology.

Whoa! They almost got me! (not on purpose, it would have been my fault)

I was about to pre-order, but then I noticed it's $3/mo for only ONE Linquet. That is VERY expensive. As I've been reading (more like skimming) about it, I was wondering how many tags you get. I guess I missed the "per device" part at the end of the article. I thought it was $3/mo for multiple (maybe 5) tags. I see that they do discount multiple tags; $10 for 4 and $20 for 10. But that's way too expensive even so. I would pay $3/mo for 5 tags or $5/mo for 10. Anything more expensive than that is too expensive.

I guess I'll have to continue to keep up with my things the old fashioned way; by putting them in my pocket.

LOL! If only our pockets were as smart/reliable as Linquet and could fit our bag/pet/child!

On a serious note, thanks for your feedback. Not only are we providing a very sophisticated device for free - there are single-purpose products that only try to do our magic button for $40! - but also, in a world where people are paying up to $100/yr for their device insurance - which is only for the phone and also useless in terms of prevention - we believe a $2.99/mth (or less) is a great value proposition for all the great things Linquet has to offer, specially since you can cancel it at anytime.

But we promise we'll always do our best to bring our customers the biggest bang for their valuable buck.

HILARIOUS!! All of these fly-by night key finder concepts keep hitting the market, when are these kickstarter funders ever going to learn?? Buy something that is fully tested and available for purchase now. Stop funding these dream projects that usually end up failing. I've put over 2 years into perfecting my product and I will put it up against anything on the market, even "concepts"

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