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Do you ever feel totally lost in life? It’s like we’re all searching for something -- a meaning and a purpose. Then you realize: Nope, you’ve just misplaced a wallet or a purse. It’s amazing how disconnected we can feel when we lose something important.
Fortunately, I found an easy way to solve the problem. I recently tested the new Tile Slim, a flat credit card-sized device you stick in your wallet, in a backpack, or in a purse. I decided to put one in my wallet. It fit nicely next to my credit cards and ID.
I like how simple it is to add a Tile. First, I downloaded the Tile app to my iPhone (it’s also available for Android). In the app, I clicked “add” and pressed a button on the Slim to sync. You can select whether you’ve placed the Slim in a backpack, on your phone, or in a wallet. I picked wallet, then deliberately threw the wallet out into the backyard.
Reckless, perhaps -- but all for the cause.
The Slim connects from about 200 feet away, so I went out on the deck -- in the app, I pressed an option to find my wallet. I could hear a chiming sound easily enough and retrieved my wallet. I also tried the reverse. Once I had my wallet, I pressed a button twice on the Slim which plays a ringtone on my phone. All that was lost was found again.
Tile has improved their latest devices, released this month. The Slim is handy because it slips in a wallet but there’s also the Tile Sticker which attaches to a laptop or a backpack. The Slim and Sticker last three years on a charge. For $30 per year, you can upgrade to a Premium account and Tile will send out free replacement batteries. With Premium, you can also get a notification if someone steals a personal item.
The Sticker has an added benefit -- they are waterproof, so you can attach them to the outside of a backpack or even the color of your favorite coat. I like the Slim because, once I slid the device into my wallet, I forgot all about it. And that’s a good thing.
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