Long-awaited tracking device Tile has finally started shipping to backers

long awaited tracking device tile finally started shipping backers 1

After months of anticipation and buildup, the Tile is finally shipping.

Last summer, the small item-finding device garnered a significant amount of buzz after receiving $2.6 million in crowdfunding via Selfstarter. But the company soon experienced a number of delays and failed to meet many promised deadlines, leaving backers to wonder if they’d ever receive their long-awaited Tiles.

Now, over the Memorial Day weekend, the company announced via Twitter that it had shipped hundreds of orders to its earliest backers this past week.  Tile also noted that it would be shipping products in order of pre-order date, so the earlier you ordered the product, the sooner you will receive it.

The white Tiles are meant to help users keep track of their belongings and never lose anything valuable ever again.  Individuals just need to attach the Bluetooth-powered device to any item of their choosing — such as a wallet, purse, bike or keychain — and a synced mobile application will notify them of the Tile’s location as long as its within a range of 50 to 150 feet.

Ultimately, the company hopes to expand beyond this feature and develop the world’s biggest “Lost and Found,” by blanketing these tags all over the world.  Eventually, if enough Tiles are sold, the dongles will form one massive network and will help pick up the location of other users’ Tiles that have been reported lost or stolen.

The company said it had pre-orders for more than 450,000 Tiles, and even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he had ordered some.  Tile is still accepting orders on its site, with one Tile going for $19.95 and four Tiles going for $59.85.

If you’re one of the lucky backers to receive your Tile this week, the company has also released a video on its blog, explaining how to use the tags and what to expect from the product.

Product Review

It roasts! It grinds! It brews! But this coffee wonder has a bitter side

The all-in-one smart Bonaverde Berlin Brewing System lets you roast, grind, and brew from green coffee beans. But is all this work to make an average-tasting cup of Joe worth ditching your regular coffee maker?

These are the best Xbox One games out right now

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Emerging Tech

Cheesy Kickstarter campaign wants to bring solar energy to students in East Africa

A playful new Kickstarter campaign aims to supply remote communities with a steady source of renewable electricity while giving backers a handful of dairy-inspired tech devices. The campaign, SunMade Cheese, is the newest venture from Yolk…
Smart Home

OK, Google, what can you do? Tips and tricks for the Google Home

The Home functions in a similar fashion to its main competitor, the Amazon Echo, but has the added benefit of select Google services. Here are few tips to help you make the most of the newfangled device.

Joby’s tiny tripods double as selfie sticks and hide four different modes

The Joby TelePod models are more than just compact tripods -- they also double as hand grips, selfie sticks, and tabletop tripods. Designed to accommodate smaller gear like smartphones and lightweight mirrorless, the tripods use a unique…

WatchOS 5 comes with tons of new features -- here are our favorites

Months after Apple announced its latest software at WWDC, you can now download WatchOS for the Apple Watch. WatchOS 5 brings a number of new features including new watch faces and improved health tracking.
Social Media

Instagram could separate hashtags for less annoying posts

Just what features will Instagram add next? One enthusiast reverse engineered the app to uncover several potential features the app could be testing, including a dedicated spot for hashtags and geofencing.

To post or not to post? Here's when you should put up a picture on the 'Gram

Let's be honest, the majority of us care about the popularity of our Instagram posts. There is a sweet spot, however, if you're looking to boost the number of likes and comments you receive. Here's what you need to know.

Our favorite tips and tricks to help you master your Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Apple's not the only game in town when it comes to productivity tablets. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4 has all the features you'll need to get work done. Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

Smart Reply not smart enough? Desktop Gmail users can soon opt out

Google will soon give desktop Gmail users the ability to opt out of Smart Reply. If you'd prefer to compose a short email the old-fashioned way, you can do so without seeing the auto-generated suggestions in the future.
Social Media

Instagram feature that lets you reshare others’ posts may be on its way

Despite constant calls from many of its billion-plus users, Instagram has always refused to offer an option that lets Instagrammers reshare others' posts that appear on their feed. New reports suggest this could be about to change.

The iPhone XS and XS Max are now available -- here's how to get them

After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally taken the wraps off of the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now that the phones are out, you might be wondering how you can get them for yourself.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is now available -- here's where to buy it

The new Apple Watch Series 4 is here. Besides the Apple store, the company's next-generation smartwatch is be available for purchase through all four major carriers. Here's where you can get yours.

Huawei is not-so-subtly trolling Friday’s iPhone launch

Apple launches the iPhone XS range to the public on Friday, but Huawei is out in force to remind the public what they could be missing out on (Hint: It's the Mate 20 Pro) by choosing Apple's latest smartphone.