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New devices promise to help locate missing valuables

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Have trouble keeping tabs on all your stuff? New devices promise to help you locate whatever you're missing.

You know the problem: You can't find your keys or your wallet, or anything else.

"I get so frustrated. It's terrible!" one consumer said.

There are devices that can help. And who better to test them than Consumer Reports' Bernie Deitrick?

The devices are called the Find Your Stuff Stick and Find, the Cobra Tag, and the BiKN. All three allow you to tag your stuff and find it when it's lost using your smart phone.

"All of these have limited ranges. You have to be within about 30 feet for them to be effective," Deitrick said.

So Deitrick went about tagging items, then hiding them all around Consumer Reports' headquarters. Then he tried to find everything.

The least expensive $25 Stick and Find sometimes took up to two minutes to find a signal  frustrating when you are in a rush to find something.

The BiKN was quicker, but it costs $100, and at the moment is only available for the iPhone 4 and 4S.

The Cobra Tag is just as quick but works with more devices, and at $40 isn't as tough on your wallet, that is if you can find your wallet.

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