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Motorola Keylink keeps tabs on your keys and phone

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Motorola has officially announced a Keylink accessory, which will enable owners to keep track of their keys and, perhaps more importantly, their smartphones.

The $24.99 (about £16) Bluetooth dongle can be attached to the user’s keys and prompted to play an alert using the accompanying Motorola Connect mobile app.

The aim is to spare people those minutes spent frantically turning furniture upside down before remembering the keys were in their jacket pocket all along.

Just like the HTC Fetch, the Keylink works the other way too, allowing owners to locate their smartphones from up to 100 feet away, just by pushing a button on the dongle.

Better still the Motorola Keylink is platform agnostic, meaning it’ll work with iOS and Android devices. However, it’ll be of slightly more use to Android Lollipop device owners, who can add it to their list of trusted devices, ensuring the smartphone remains unlocked when in the vicinity of the dongle. Meanwhile, the replaceable battery lasts upwards of a year, according to Motorola.

The Keylink is available to buy in the United States from Motorola.com and T-Mobile, while the company is yet to announce details of international availability.

Is this the time-saving solution you’ve been waiting for? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Via: Engadget

John

November 20, 2014, 12:00 am

Excellent idea as I'm always misplacing my phone or leaving it under magazines etc and not being able to find it (unless I ring it).

Hamish Campbell

November 20, 2014, 9:00 am

The Tile, Chipolo and errr one other that I can't remember have been out for a little while with the same feature set.

I have a couple of Chipolo's. I found them to be a bit hit and miss with connection and the distance apart function. Also you can only have one phone paired with it, so useless for someone like me (1 car, 2 drivers). Plus, I'm one of those who cannot stand the idea of unnecessary battery drain, so refuse to have bluetooth on 24/7 (perhaps with BT 4.0 LE I could keep this on? My Chippolo uses this in theory...can one check?...but I haven't tested to see how much it impacts).

sandifop

November 30, 2014, 6:20 pm

Not like Tile: this works to locate keys AND the phone. Tile only locates (something like) keys. Because Keylink has the form factor of a beeper with a button, you can prompt you phone to make a noise when it is lost in the couch.

Bad news for me: I turned mine on and it had an indicated 80% battery. Three days later my battery needs replacing. (According to the Moto software)

Hamish Campbell

November 30, 2014, 6:28 pm

Chipolo has always done this too. Shake the dongle and your phone makes a noise.

There has just been an app and firmware update for the chipolo. Unfortunately it's still rubbish. Perhaps it works better with iPhone? If I could prise my wife's out of her hand, I could test the theory, i guess. But I value my health too much.

sandifop

November 30, 2014, 6:34 pm

I edited my comment based upon your input to remove Chipolo being a one way locator. I still don't see it in my product info but I'll accept your word if you say it works.

Hamish Campbell

November 30, 2014, 6:43 pm

Well, I find they hardly work for anything. My guess would be that Motorola puts out a far more robust and tested product, so probably the better option. And it seems to be similarly priced.

sandifop

November 30, 2014, 6:52 pm

The Moto using its battery in 3 days pretty much kills it for me. That is crazy. This from the company that spoke in a condecending fashion about the iPhone when it came out: 'what do computer guys know about battery management.'

Dave Burton

January 14, 2015, 3:09 pm

I think your KeyLink must be defective, sandifop. I'm not seeing this complaint elsewhere.

BTW, I made a "search link" to find web pages which compare the Motorola KeyLink with competing products:
http://tinyurl.com/MotoKeylink

BTW, you can get 50 spare batteries on eBay for about $20:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html...

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