Operation is incredibly simple, you just switch the handset on, select the tag you want to track, and if it’s in range, you’ll get audible and visual indications of where that tag is. It’s a bit like those basic bug detectors you used to see in 1960s spy movies – walk towards the tag and the beep raises in pitch, while more indicators illuminate, walk away from the tag and the opposite will happen. It’s basic, but it works very well and it really is the simplest procedure to track down your lost item.
To give the Loc8tor Lite a good field test, I slipped a tag into my wife’s pocket (well I asked her if I could put it in her pocket), then we went out shopping. While we were out, I let my wife and daughter wander off without me, and then tried to track them down with the Loc8tor Lite. The result was very impressive, with me managing to find them very quickly, without having to resort to the usual method of phoning her mobile and asking where she is. Of course you look a little odd wandering around M&S with a beeping Loc8tor in your hand, but if you can live with that, the benefits are clear.
One of the major benefits that Loc8tor would have you believe is that it will help you locate items that you lose frequently, such as keys. Now, I appreciate that a great many people misplace their keys or mobile phones regularly, and I also accept that if those items had a tag attached, it would be easy to track them down using the Loc8tor Lite. However, I can’t help thinking that anyone who regularly misplaces their keys or phone, is just as likely to misplace the Loc8tor handset – call me cynical, but it seems like an obvious train of thought to me.