This is interesting – a GPS tracking device that uses Bluetooth to report it’s location. Surprisingly, it’s got a 1/2 mile range! It uses Bluetooth 4.0 (AKA Bluetooth LE), so it may not be compatible with your current phone, but that’s okay because it isn’t out yet. Still, there’s enough of interest to warrant discussing it, and the company has a good track record of bringing products to market.
The BluTracker will include a SiRFstar IV GPS chipset, motion detector and two month battery life. It doesn’t record coordinates; it just provides a way to track down things short distances. Hmm, like geocaches. As a matter of fact, it’s already been postulated that their StickNFind product might be useful in geocaching, although objections were raised, and I’m betting this one may also need to be paired to a single smartphone. Still, the possibilities are interesting to imagine. Check out their video for more info:
Here’s the full news release.