Up until now, there hasn’t been a truly cheap, easy to use, and small-sized GPS locator that can offer long enough range and long enough battery life to meet the demands of the people who need this kind of a device. A team of engineers from California USA is very close to changing that with a gadget called “Ping”. Ping is a tiny (34x34mm) GPS locator/tracker that has a global range since it connects with satellites, and boasts a battery life that goes up to a period of three months! Combine this with a magnificent price of only $99 with the shipping cost included and you have an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that has already reached 880% of its goal with twenty days still left to go.
Ping is rechargeable and is also waterproof (10 meters) so you can safely use it virtually anywhere. With Ping, you can track and find your lost pets (it’s light enough even for small parrots), find your lost/stolen bike, find people who suffer from dementia, locate missing luggage that may have mistakenly travelled to an airport in the other side of the world, locate your drone after a rough landing, or simply find your car when you can’t remember where you have parked it. Ping also has a button that can be pressed by your children for example, to signify when they have reached their destination, or double-tapped for SOS.
So, the way Ping works is by launching the Ping app and selecting the item or person that you want to locate. Then, the cloud-based platform searches for the particular Ping device and let you know where it is on the map. The cost for this service is $46 per year for a global coverage, or $36/year for USA, Canada, and Mexico coverage. If the item or person that you are looking for isn’t that far away, Ping will be located through cellular locating methods, or Bluetooth if it’s even closer. This means that the device has an HSPA/GSM module, an LE Bluetooth chip, and a GPS + GLONASS module. In addition to these systems that are location-focused, Ping also incorporates a 3-axis accelerometer that can be used to indicate if the tracking device is moving or not.
Finally, the team that develops Ping estimates the shipment date of the first batches to be in July 2017 so this gadget is actually a breath away from those interested in having it. The company promises frequent and free firmware updates for the device, and cost-free use of the cloud-based service for the first year.