Wasn't there a company promoting a similar product for bikes recently on chainlink?
This application and hardware combo may solve the problem of size (needs to be small and discrete) and battery (never needs replacing, lasts one year before replacing whole chip).
1. could it be well enough hidden as to remain on the bike? Perhaps beneath the seat? glued to bottom of BB?
2. It requires a dense user base to track your stolen goods (another tile-user has to randomly pass within 50 feet of your lost bike for the bluetooth 4.0 signal to be pinged back to the cloud and then to your iPhone). Might not be feasible until a certain max density is reached.
But I like the hardware and concept a lot better than that bottle cage device.
You might be thinking of http://www.integratedtrackers.com/GPSTrack/
I have my doubts about its effectiveness for bikes. I sent an email to the company and will report back what I hear.
I understand these things have started shipping to kickstarter supporters. Anyone here bite? Report?
I have to say, the carbon seatpost with tracker sounds pretty awesome. Wonder how much that will run for, may have to click that interest button. Would love to hear from a user of their other two.
Someone is sending me one to test out.
I think the Tile is 'farther along.'
Wallet Trackr and Phone Halo have been available on Amazon for awhile, which is why I said they're farther along. I assume users will use the same network. Unfortunately it looks like reviews are very, very mixed.
Tile already has a "networking" application in place and has now shipped to the kickstarter backers. Sorry if that wasn't clear from my previous post.
People have been throwing out the idea for years, Skip, but technology aside, it's all just the usual "somebody should" as nobody is actually going to put in the long boring hours to sit and wait for a bike to be stolen.
That said, it's not likely that these chips would be of much use to such a program.... what I want to test out is what the real world range is, and how partial concealment (e.g. 'hidden' under a saddle or inside another component) affects the range/useability.
Skip Montanaro 12mi said:
Has anyone considered creating a privately run/funded bait bike program using one of these systems?
Who has to wait to get a bike stolen? Lock it up on Washington st. at the Metra station, with a cable lock. It will be gone by morning. It doesn't even need to be a nice bike.