1. houshinto#IM's Avatar
    Although they don't mention the Z10 specifically, Bluetooth Low Energy is a feature included in the Bluetooth 4.0 specification so the Z10 and future blackberries will technically be able to use neat function. Now if they can just make it cheaper then $16.25/"sticker".

    Smart 'stickers' let you find things by phone

    Smart 'stickers' let you find things by phone February 28, 2013 by Peter Svensson Jimmy Buchheim is behaving oddly. On the floor of the world's largest cellphone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, he's looking at the screen of his iPod Touch, taking a few steps, and then looking again. Now and then he backtracks or turns, and looks again. Slowly, he confines his movements to a smaller and smaller area. Then he drops to his knees, and checks the screen again. He scrabbles forward. Ads by Google Bug Detectors and More. - Are You Being Bugged? Learn How to Completely Protect Yourself! - Counter surveillance Bug Detectors "There we are!" he says. Buchheim has found his keys, which had been hidden behind a wastebasket by a skeptical reporter. On the key ring is a small disc, slightly bigger than a quarter. That's what Buchheim was homing in on, with his iPod. It allowed him to find his keys, hidden out of sight in an apartment-sized booth. Buchheim's Davie, Fla.-based company, Stick-N-Find Technologies, wants to give people a way to find things, whether it's keys, wallets, TV remotes, or cat collars. There's no real trick to sending out a radio signal and having a phone pick it up. That's been done before. What makes the Stick-N-Find practical is a new radio technology known as Bluetooth Low Energy, which drastically reduces the battery power needed to send out a signal. That means the disc can be small, light enough for its sticky back to adhere to a lot of surfaces, and be powered by a watch-type battery that lasts up to two years without recharging. The signal can be picked as far as 300 feet away, but that's under ideal circumstances. On the floor of the wireless show, with a multitude of Wi-Fi transmitters jamming the airwaves, the range was roughly 20 feet. One downside to Bluetooth Low Energy: It doesn't come cheap. Stick-N-Find charges $50 for two "stickers" from its first production run, which starts shipping next week. It gave early backers a better deal—4 discs for $65—on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, where it had sought to raise $70,000 from donors and ended up getting $931,970 by the time the campaign ended last month. Another downside is that few devices can pick up the signals. The latest two iPhones can do it, as can the latest iPod Touches and iPads. The latest high-end Samsung smartphones work, too. Bluetooth Low Energy is expected to become a standard feature in phones, but it's not yet. Whatever device you use, it won't tell you exactly where your sticker is located. All it can tell is how far away it is. That means finding something is a process of walking around and checking whether you're getting "hotter" or "colder." Of course, often you don't really need to know where your wallet is: knowing that it's within 8 feet and therefore somewhere in the car with you is assurance enough. Buchheim says the company has plans to add direction-finding features. Users can also set up a virtual "leash" between a sticker and a Bluetooth device. Depending on the settings, when the two devices move a certain distance away from each other, the sticker starts beeping or the device's screen shows an alert. That way, you could use sticker in your wallet, linked to your phone, to let you know if you're leaving either one behind. Buchheim sees this as just the start for what Bluetooth Low Energy can do. Stick-N-Find is working with a museum that's interested in putting stickers on its exhibits, so they can issue tablets or other devices to visitors that can sense the proximity of exhibits, and say "Hello, this is the statue of so-and-so," Buchheim says. It could even end up as a technology for the blind—one that tells them where their belongings are, he says.

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    j21jam6 likes this.
    02-28-13 10:55 AM
  2. notfanboy's Avatar


    They're already accepting pre-orders. iOS and Android apps are available. I've ordered some to give as presents, and keeping one for myself to play with.
    houshinto#IM likes this.
    02-28-13 11:07 AM
  3. netwerx1's Avatar
    Now this is pretty cool...I definitely have some uses for these!
    02-28-13 01:41 PM
  4. Rello's Avatar
    Absolutely awesome. For someone like me, who is prone to losing everything lol, this will be a life saver. They are gonna make a ton off me lol...as long as they make a app for BB10 or port the android version lol
    02-28-13 01:55 PM
  5. houshinto#IM's Avatar


    They're already accepting pre-orders. iOS and Android apps are available. I've ordered some to give as presents, and keeping one for myself to play with.
    Watched the video, but didn't hear a mention about battery management on the App. Hopefully they have it on there somewhere. Even though it's low energy, it'll be assuring that battery levels can also be managed.

    I know it's also just a demo video, but I sure hope none of you guys stick them on the front of a suitcase. Easy on, easy off, lol!
    02-28-13 02:14 PM
  6. LoganSix's Avatar
    Watched the video, but didn't hear a mention about battery management on the App. Hopefully they have it on there somewhere. Even though it's low energy, it'll be assuring that battery levels can also be managed.

    I know it's also just a demo video, but I sure hope none of you guys stick them on the front of a suitcase. Easy on, easy off, lol!
    Uh...1 year battery life..... repeat buying.... marketing genius!



    Okay, the battery is replaceable...but..... that takes effort.
    02-28-13 02:23 PM
  7. LoganSix's Avatar


    They're already accepting pre-orders. iOS and Android apps are available. I've ordered some to give as presents, and keeping one for myself to play with.
    Would be nice if they had an open API.
    02-28-13 02:28 PM
  8. notfanboy's Avatar
    Would be nice if they had an open API.
    Check out their Indiegogo webpage. It says the APIs are coming in March.
    StickNFind- Bluetooth Powered ultra small Location Stickers | Indiegogo
    02-28-13 02:32 PM
  9. Sashko's Avatar
    Anyone hear if the stick-n-find app is coming to BB 10 anytime soon? :-/

    Or has anyone tried the side-load on their Z or Q?
    05-30-13 09:50 PM
  10. LoganSix's Avatar
    Check out their Indiegogo webpage. It says the APIs are coming in March.
    StickNFind- Bluetooth Powered ultra small Location Stickers | Indiegogo
    Doesn't look like they did.
    Also, on their Facebook page, it looks like they are having issues with fulfilling orders.
    05-31-13 07:13 AM
  11. project_x's Avatar
    They aren't answering any emails I sent them about the api....

    Posted via CB10
    05-31-13 09:18 AM
  12. le_mec's Avatar
    Got a couple of them and thought I'd post an update.

    Long story short, it's a no go.

    Long story long, I was able to download the sticknfind app via snap apk and run it.

    There were a few warnings that the program wasn't compatible with my version of the android OS, but I still bypassed them by clicking outside them instead of their actual OK buttons.

    So obviously we're operating outside of intended territory from here on out.

    The program still ran, and I was able to attempt pairing the sticknfind, but no matter what I tried, the app never saw a whiff of either of my two sticknfinds.

    However, by going into blackberry's bluetooth manager, it was able to see and pair (temporarily) with the 'sNf' devices, so I'm pretty sure that the z10 and it's bluetooth 4.0 chip will fit the bill.

    I think this comes down to waiting for the developers to release an update as their google app store page is gradually being choked by negative reviews about spotty support and updates that break.

    It's really unfortunate.

    Actually, what I'd really like to see is an app that can use the blackberry's bluetooth to act as a similar beacon so you can find your friends during a busy convention when Internet and cell access is spotty (like at pax east at the bcec)

    Posted via CB10
    03-02-14 05:46 PM

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