TrackR atlas gives room-specific locations when looking for lost items

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The TrackR atlas mobile app is powered by Amazon's Alexa and responds to voice commands(Credit: TrackR)

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Whether due to over-burdened schedules or just plain forgetfulness, accidentally-misplaced items can create inconveniences. Bluetooth tracking devices help keep tabs on personal items, but the latest from TrackR does one better than a game of "hot and cold." The TrackR atlas is designed to monitor belongings, pinpointing the room they're located in once each needs to be found.

Sure, a missing remote for the cable/TV may not be too big a deal, but losing your keys right before leaving the house for an important job interview can be life-changing. Each TrackR atlas device plugs into a standard wall outlet (currently supporting US, UK, AU, and EU sockets) and connects to the home/office wireless network. Along with its built-in Bluetooth 4.0, the units are able to actively monitor tracking tags that move in and out of range, sending the secure reports to the mobile app.

Through the TrackR app, users are able to name each TrackR atlas. So when you're wondering what you did with your keys or where the pet is hiding, simply ask and the Amazon Alexa-powered app responds with the location. The app, available for iOS and Android, is designed to send push notifications when important items enter/leave rooms and maintain logs of where things have been. And since the TrackR atlas is connected to a Wi-Fi network, users can locate trackers and/or activate remote ringing from anywhere.

Even though TrackR has its own tracking devices, the TrackR bravo and TrackR button, the atlas is designed to be compatible with all major Bluetooth trackers. So whether you own and use Tile, PebbleBee, StickNFind, XY Find-It, or others, the TrackR atlas plays nice so everything functions equally well. TrackR atlas is also backed by a crowd GPS network, allowing users to seek help in finding missing items outside of the home, such as lost luggage or personal belongings during travel.

The TrackR atlas is currently funding on Indiegogo, having raised 66 percent of its US$50,000 goal in less than a day, with another 30 days left to go. A basic pledge of $39 sets you up with one atlas device, while higher-tiered options offer additional atlas and/or free TrackR bravo units.

Antenna tuning, beta testing, and certification have to pass before production can begin. But if all goes according to schedule, backers can expect shipments of the TrackR atlas to start sometime June, 2016.

Sources: TrackR, Indiegogo

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