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Device Locator

Brief Description

Device Locator is a unit that utilizes radio waves to locate misplaced smart devices, such as a laptop, tablet, e-book reader or smart phone.

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Purpose of the Invention

Device Locator saves time and frustration by providing owners of smart devices an easy and convenient method for locating misplaced devices. This product utilizes radio waves to communicate with a pre-installed device component within a smart device. This product works to locate missing devices whether or not the device is turned on, ensuring accurate location every time. Individuals will no longer experience the panic and frustration of misplacing these expensive devices, and can maintain peace of mind that their valuable devices and information are accounted for at all times. Anyone who owns a smart device will benefit from the convenience and insurance this product provides.

Problems Solved by the Invention

Individuals with smart devices such as laptops, tablets, e-book readers, smart phones, etc., understand the panic and frustration that is felt upon realizing their device is missing. It can be extremely easy to misplace small devices such as these, and unless the missing item is a cell-phone that also happens to be turned on with the ringer volume on loud, it may take several hours or days to find—if at all. The expense of replacing missing smart devices is a financial loss that most individuals cannot afford. Important events could be compromised if an individual cannot find a device when he/she needs it. Owners of smart devices need an efficient and effective product for quickly locating their missing devices.  

Detailed Description

Device Locator is a unit that utilizes radio waves to locate misplaced smart devices, such as a laptop, tablet, e-book reader or smart phone. This product is comprised of two distinct components that communicate with each other in order to locate via radio waves. The device component is an electronic circuit controller that functions as a receiver and transmitter to and from the key fob component. The key fob component is a handheld unit that communicates with a smart device that has a device component installed. This device component can operate using the device’s battery for power.

Through a software application, the key fob can register and maintain a list of all smart devices owned by the individual. The software may also include a security code to limit the communication between key fob and smart devices to items owned by the individual, and may include a PIN code required for activation. When an item is misplaced, the individual may browse through the list of devices registered on the key fob and choose the one that needs to be located. A signal may then be sent to the missing device. If in range, the device will send back a signal to the key fob which will allow the key fob to calculate the distance between the key fob and the device. The calculated distance may be displayed on the LCD display of the key fob. The missing device will also be programmed to emit a sound to signal its location for quick retrieval, the volume of which may be controlled by the user. The sound emitted may increase or decrease in intensity based on range of distance between key fob and device. To key fob’s OK button may power the device on, while the Cancel button may power it off.

The device may have several additional functionalities that could be implemented during manufacturing to suit manufacturing needs and consumer preferences. The LCD display may have the ability to be turned down or off, and battery life estimation may be displayed as well. The key fob may be able to determine the position of the missing device and display it on the LCD screen using geographic coordinates and/or cardinal directions.

This device may be approximately 3-3.5” long, 1.5-2” wide and 1-1.5” thick. Exact specifications may vary to suit manufacturing needs.

Image Info

FIGURE 1 Shows the key fob device by itself.
FIGURE 2 Shows an illustration of the device emitting a signal to a smart device for location.
FIGURE 3 Shows a view of the key fob receiving a signal from the device component on a smart device.
FIGURE 4 Shows a close-up illustration of the device.
FIGURE 5 Shows an illustration of the device emitting a sound for location assistance.

File #SS115620