Have trouble keeping tabs on all your stuff? New devices promise to help you locate whatever you're missing.
Consumer Reports just tested three to see how well they work.
You know the problem. You can't find your keys, your wallet, or anything else.
There are devices that can help. Consumer Reports Bernie Dietrick pu them to the test.
The devices-the Find Your Stuff Stick and Find, The Cobra Tag, and the BiKN. All three allow you to tag your stuff and find it when it's lost using your smart phone.
Deitrick says, "All of these have limited ranges. You have to be within about 30 feet for them to be effective."
So Bernie went about tagging items, then hiding them all around Consumer Reports' headquarters. Then he tried to find everything.
The least expensive 25-dollar Stick and Find sometimes took up to two minutes to find a signal-frustrating when you are in a rush.
The BiKN was quicker, but it costs 100 dollars and at the moments is only available for the iPhone 4 and 4S.
The Cobra Tag is just as quick but works with more devices, and at 40 dollars isn't as tough on your wallet-that is if you can find your wallet.
The Cobra Tag can work in revers, too. So if you've lost your cell phone but still have your tagged keys, press the tag and-as long as your phone is on-the tag will ring the phone.