May 16, 2012
Living with young children can be a nightmare in public. Most parents have that never-ending fear of turning around and seeing their child has vanished, and unfortunately as these children mature there is a second wave of worries; like what time did little Johnny come back home last night? There are plenty of creepy parent/child tracking devices available, but there are none that are intrinsically simple and come with multiple applications. Enter tÅd, pronounced “toad”, a small Bluetooth 4.0 beacon that has a wide array of functionality which is not limited to merely tracking teenagers. The tÅd app can be programmed to alert the user when a beacon has wandered outside of a specified range, when a phone arrives in a beacon’s range, or trigger a specified action once a beacon is sensed.
Beacons are designed to be both a permanent resident and something mobile. For example, by keeping a beacon in the car, texting can be automatically disabled from the moment the driver gets inside. Placing a tÅd on a young one ensures that the moment they should happen to wander away out of a specified zone the parents will be instantly alerted. The possibilities are endless, and with a promised simple and intuitive app layout, designing custom commands and responses should be a snap. Imagine ending the headache of waiting up for a teenager by simply placing a tÅd inside the front door; ensuring that their nighttime arrival is noted for later discussion.
The uses for tÅd extend well beyond just personal and family use. Like most apps, social integration is a big goal, and the plan is to have vendors and stores offer promotional deals that are discovered whenever a tÅd user walks into their shop. The KickStarter page offers a list of great uses for tÅd including reminding a child to do their chores when they arrive home from school, finding a car in a parking lot, automatic social networking check-ins, and even delivering reminders if someone has a gift card to the store they are entering.
As of writing this, tÅd has 17 days left and it’s very close to its goal. So, for anyone finding these possibilities exciting be sure to give tÅd a look and possibly help push it all the way over the finish line.