Tired of constantly misplacing your keys, bag, or any other stuff that you have? Meet Lapa, a small device that connects with your Android or iOS device that helps you find your lost stuff. Users simply have to attach this to any of their items (examples are keys, remote, pet’s collar). It connects wirelessly using Bluetooth 4.0 on devices running at least Android 4.3. The item can then be tracked using the free companion app on a smartphone.
Lapa recently had a successful campaign over at Indiegogo and was able to reach its target goal of $75,000. It also comes with built-in Facebook integration so your social friends can help you find your lost item.
The press release of the company says that “There are certain things in life that you don’t want to risk losing and would do anything to get back: you lost sight of your puppy and it doesn’t know the way back home; the only copy of your dissertation is in a flash drive lost somewhere between your campus and your favorite bar; the bike you took so much time to build was stolen. And then, your kids. How great would it be to get alerted every time they leave your side?”
So what sets Lapa apart from other similar devices?
- You can control an unlimited number of Lapa devices using the Lapa app
- You can ask your Facebook friends that you trust to help find your lost Lapa
- “Go Public” feature reports your lost Lapa to the whole community so they can help in searching for it.
- You can track the last known location of your item on the map to remember where it was left.
- Comes with a replaceable watch cell battery that lasts for a year.
- The phone app notifies you with a beep if you leave a place without taking the item with a Lapa attached to it.
- Size / 1.06 x 1.06 x 0.23 inches (27x27x5 mm)
- Weight / 0.18 ounces (5 grams)
- Up to 100-150 feet (30-50 meters) range.
- Replaceable CR2016 watch battery.
- Up to 1-year battery autonomy.
- Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy) wireless communication.
You can now pre-order the Lapa at the company website which costs 20% cheaper than the standard price for a limited time only. A single Lapa device costs €19.5 (around $27), a pack of three costs €49.5 (around $68), and a family pack of 9 costs €129.5 (around $178). This device is expected to ship out by February 2014.