The concept of a tiny electronic tracking device is no longer confined to the fever dreams of the Alex Jones set. For photographers hoping to keep electronic tabs on their valuable investments, it’s a very welcome reality. GearEye’s tracking device consists of tiny RFID tags with an adhesive that can stick to a wide number of surfaces and stay there. The tags communicate with a dongle that connects wirelessly to your phone. Using the GearEye app, you can label tags so you know which device they’re tracking and then keep tabs on their whereabouts. The dongle can sit in a bag or pocket. When you want to scan the area for any device with your tag, you can hit “scan” in the app and hold the dongle next to your phone—this way, it uses your phone’s accelerometer to judge its location and help it more accurately direct you to your tagged gear. The RFID tags don’t require batteries and they last “for years,” GearEye says. The tags come in a variety of sizes depending on what they need to adhere to. As far as scanning range, the dongle will be able to pick up a tag’s signal from about 3 meters—so it won’t necessarily help you hunt down gear that’s stolen, but it will help you double-check your packing job or give you a hand when you’re scouring your studio for that stupid HDMI cable that was right over there a second ago.
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