Nokia are bringing out a new accessory which will allow you to locate items such as keys, luggage, people or anything else the new Treasure Tag is attached to.
Using Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC the tag, which has it’s own battery capable of lasting 6 months, can be paired to your Lumia smartphone, and the attached loop can be threaded onto anything which you’d rather not lose, say your keys or a child’s wrist, and you can see exactly where the treasure tag is through Here maps. Live Sight, which details the places in your immediate vicinity is also integrated into the experience.
Treasure Tags are set to be released along with Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 GDR2 Amber update, which enables support for Bluetooth 4.0 in all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.
For a while now Nokia have been saying they want to be known as the “where” platform, and this new Treasure Tag accessory could be an interested example of the abilities Here maps can offer. Indoor mapping is now available on Here maps, and it appears this type of functionality has been in the pipeline for a while. Below is a video from Nokia Research Center, which was posted back in April 2011, and shows the type of thing Treasure Tags and indoor mapping can offer:
Treasure Tags will be available in the next few weeks as part of a number of new products that will take advantage of Low Energy support found in Bluetooth 4.0.