Within 150 feet the XY Find It Bluetooth tracking beacons are fantastic at allowing you to locate your chameleons, car keys, and walking notebooks.
What happens if you go beyond the Bluetooth range? You’re screwed.
Seriously, traverse beyond the XY’s reach and you become at the mercy of anyone else who has the “XY Find It” app, because your own phone sure as shit will not let you in on where the beacon and your precious puppy have gone. That is my only gripe.
I will leave it up to you, folks, as to whether or not you feel that is enough reason not to splurge on the successfully Kickstarter-funded twenty dollar XY’s.
Within range of the Bluetooth the app will allow your Droid or iPhone to locate the beacon via a “Cold, Warmer, Warm, Warmer, HOT” system that is pretty accurate at locating elusive kittens hiding in odd corners, as mine like to do.
For keys that have a way of walking out on where you left them, all on their own, this little device can be damn good at getting you to the jingling key-ring in time for a day of work (and early in the A.M. I cannot see straight so this XY Find It beacon on the keychain makes things a lot easier).
The problem – not that XY claims that they do anything beyond locate within 150 feet of Bluetooth range – is that in a realistic world you can leave something behind and all that the XY app says when you are beyond is that it is “Cold” and has no bars in its octagon of “Cold/Warm.”
There is a contingency plan: mark your XY as “Lost” and let others with the app sweep areas until their 150 feet of Bluetooth range has a blip on the “Cold” to “Hot” radar.
In other words (until everyone has an XY app) . . . you are fucked.