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Don't Ever Lose Your Keys Again

Gadgets, apps help you find things you routinely misplace

I lost my glasses. No biggie. Only this time I misplaced them for an entire week. I started to think about the amount of time I spend looking for misplaced objects. My cellphone, keys, the remote for the TV, the glasses and sometimes even my car. With all of the technology around, there has to be better methods to find these things. The good news is that many of them work. The bad news is that many don't work all that well.

Finding the cellphone

For many of us our cellphones and smartphones have become an essential lifeline to stay in touch with the world and often to store critical data such as contacts and calendars. Unfortunately they are easy to lose, forget or misplace. There are several technologies to help. Zomm is a described as a wireless leash. It's the size of a key fob and works with your cellphone's Bluetooth transmitter. If you walk out of your house or your office and leave the phone more than thirty feet behind, the Zomm starts vibrating, then flashes and sounds an alarm. We've seen it sold anywhere from $56 to $90. The Zomm also serves as a speakerphone and has a panic button to make an emergency call. Finally, if you lose the Zomm, you can reverse the process and use your phone to find it.

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