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Startup plans to ship the first battery-free location tags this fall

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iFind is a battery-free item location tag. It helps you ease the pain by saving you the time and frustration of trying to locate your misplaced item. Plus, your brain is also liberated from intense thoughts of “where did I last put it?”

Item-locating hardware devices like iFind aim to aid you in the misadventure of finding your misplaced items. Most of these work by connecting to an app on your mobile phone.

However, what makes iFind stand out from the crowd is that it requires absolutely no battery to function.

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Developed by WeTag, iFind collects its power from ambient electromagnetic sources, such as Wi-Fi transmitters or mobile phone antennas. The power attained can be converted into enough electrical currents and stored in a power bank in iFind, which simulates a battery that continually supports a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) radio.

You simply turn on the Bluetooth on your mobile phone and connect to iFind, download the iFind app, and enter the tag ID to start enabling location tagging.

In the case of misplacing your item tagged with iFind, open up the iFind app on your mobile phone to start locating the item. The tag would then let off a  beeping sound upon detection.

And, if you lose your phone, no worries. Shake the iFind tag and your mobile phone will ring. It goes both ways!

iFind comes in a dainty, square-ish tag about an inch square and 2.4mm thick with various stylish colors for users to choose from. The maximum range from your mobile phone to the tag is approximately 60 meters within line of sight, or 50 feet, depending on the environmental conditions.

The WeTag team spent one good year developing iFind, and the results have been rewarding. Since its first launch on Kickstarter, the team has raised more than $200,000. The first shipment of iFind tags can be expected in October this year.

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This story originally appeared on TechNode.

This article originally appeared on VentureBeat

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By Huiyi Lee, TechNode

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