Technology is constantly looking for solutions to big problems. However, some of our most favorite tech toys, are the ones that have been designed to replace an aging gadget which has grown a bit moldy behind the ears.
The “clapper” and “whistler” key finders were awesome back in the day when a Mr. Professor calculator could be found in just about every house in America. They would work by listening for the sound of a clap or whistle, and respond with a beep, which would usually be enough to eventually dig them out from wherever they were hiding.
Today, we can imagine the possibility of an RFID chip the size of a tiny sticker, that could adhere to just about anything that is commonly misplaced. Then, with the help of your smartphone, it will literally guide you in the direction of its signal, so you can find it whether it is three feet, or three blocks away.
The possibilities could be endless, including not only your keys, but your bicycle, wallet, dog, or even your girlfriend. This technology is here, although it is not exactly sitting in your grocery aisle. It may take awhile for these to find a place on the retail shelves, but we suspect they’ll be worth the wait once they do.