Meet Linquet, the Lost Phone Finder (and More)

June 27, 2012

9:44 am

In 2011, mobile security firm Lookout located 9 million lost smartphones. In the process, they learned a thing or two about how people tend to misplace their phones – namely, between the hours of 9 pm and 2 am, in places like coffee shops, bars, and offices.

But that’s little help when you’re scrambling through your pockets, realizing that some stranger might be thumbing through your contacts and emails. That’s where Linquet comes in.

Launching this week, Vancouver-based Linquet makes little tags that attach to your valuables, like your wallet, keys, or laptop. When you leave them behind – specifically, 30-60 feet behind – you get an alert on your phone. And vice versa: the tags beep and light up when your phone goes missing. This means preventing losses before they happen. If you happen to leave everything behind – maybe after a loud night of partying at the bar – you can go online to track the location.

Using Bluetooth, angel-funded Linquet is similar to Innova Technology, a Singapore startup that just raised $10,000 through Indiegogo and starts shipping on June 30.

Linquet costs $2.99/month to track each tag, and the tags are free. The app is now available on Android and coming soon for iPhone and Windows Phone. To order some of the first tags, use the password “linkingeverything.”

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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