Don't like the thought of people sampling your lunch, "borrowing" your pens, or making unauthorized withdrawals from your cookie jar? Well, then you may like Don't Move. It's a small device that's essentially an electronic version of the "Do Not Touch" sticker, except it also tells on people who ignore it.
Each Don't Move module contains an accelerometer, a flash drive, a Bluetooth low-energy transmitter, and a battery that should be good for at least one year of use. The device can be stuck onto objects via its reusable-adhesive-coated flat side, or simply set down on its non-sticky curved side.
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Should anyone try to use or take off with the tagged object, the Don't Move will detect the movement via its accelerometer, then send a Bluetooth alert to an accompanying iOS/Android app on the user's smartphone. That app allows multiple modules/objects to be monitored at once, plus it lets users set the sensitivity for each one – if an object is in a place where it's likely to be subjected to a lot of vibrations, for instance, setting the sensitivity to a lower setting would minimize the number of false alarms. Additionally, it can be instructed not to send alerts when the user is right next to the object, since they may be using it themselves at that point.
Because of the limited range of Bluetooth, Don't Move can't provide real-time alerts when objects in remote locations are moved. It does store a record of those movements on its flash drive, however, and sends an update to the user once they're back in range.
The designers of Don't Move are currently raising production funds, on Indiegogo. A pledge of US$24 will get you one, when and if they're ready to go. The planned retail price is $39.
More information is available in the pitch video below.