Nokia getting ready to launch ‘Treasure Tag’ proximity sensor

29 Jul 2013

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Mobile giant Nokia is preparing to launch a new ‘Treasure Tag’ proximity sensor that uses NFC (near field communications) and Bluetooth to help users track and locate physical objects from their phone.

According to a report on The Verge, the Treasure Tag will pair with a Lumia Windows smartphone via NFC.

The device, which comes with a loop, can be strapped to objects like keys or other electronic devices.

Nokia is understood to have built a Treasure Tag app for Windows Phone that will let users locate lost items that are connected to the Tag via a map and the app will emit a notification sound on a paired phone if within range.

The Tag is designed to be “always on” and includes a battery that will last for six months.

Nokia’s move into smart tags is a little overdue. Rivals like Samsung and Sony are already in the marketplace with their respective Tec Tile and Xperia SmartTag devices.

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Picture source: The Verge

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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