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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:01 AM   #1
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POM Tracking Tags Keep Tabs on Objects, People via Bluetooth and GPS




POM, short for Peace of Mind, is a new Kickstarter project offering Bluetooth and GPS-based tracking tag solutions. The basic POM is a tracking device that connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth LE and attaches to all manner of things -- pets, kids, valuables, and more.

Much like similar tracking products such as Tile and Duet, the small, square-shaped Bluetooth POM tag tracks people, pets, and objects over short distances up to 300 feet. For tracking things over longer distances, there's also the Total POM, which utilizes Bluetooth, Cellular, and GPS.

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POM and Total POM is a small, square tracking tag, smaller than a key fob that attaches to your dog's collar, can be worn on the wrist, or attached to your key ring or handbag. Hide it inside your purse, your computer case, your golf club bag, your suitcase, your guitar. Wear it as a bracelet for children and at-risk adults.
Both the POM and the Total POM use replaceable batteries, with the POM offering a three year battery life expectancy and the Total POM offering up to one year of battery life depending on how frequently it is used. The trackers connect to a complementary iPhone app, which offers features like sound alerts when a tagged item goes out of range and a "Last Location" option that marks the last known location of an object. The tags also include functions like leashing, an accelerometer to know if an item moves, and a temperature gauge.

There's also a POM Link, which connects to home or office internet and acts as a constant monitoring beacon to create a "protection zone" letting users know when an item goes out of range, which is particularly useful for the shorter-range Bluetooth tags.

The standard Bluetooth-based POM will retail for $25, but is available at $15 for the first 250 Kickstarter backers, and $20 for the first 500 backers. Total POM, with GPS, is available to the first 500 Kickstarter backers for $99, with one year of service included, or $120 with two years included. After the free service has ended, Total POM costs $20 per year to use.

POM Link, the base station able to keep track of POM tags, is available to backers for $249. A bracelet will also be available if a stretch goal of $250,000 is reached.

A limited number of POMs are expected to ship in December of 2014, with the rest shipping in March of 2015. The POM Link will ship in April of 2015.

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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:03 AM   #2
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Laptop in the photo looks almost exactly like a MacBook.

It's shameful how the Chinese are ripping off Apple's designs now days
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:04 AM   #3
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better not lose your phone
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:10 AM   #5
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Oh, you mean Tile?
http://www.thetileapp.com/
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:13 AM   #6
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I guess the big, ugly, orange blob is pretty hard to remove?
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:14 AM   #7
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Laptop in the photo looks almost exactly like a MacBook.

It's shameful how the Chinese are ripping off Apple's designs now days
What are you going on about? It is a MacBook but with the Apple logo photoshopped out.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:16 AM   #8
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Laptop in the photo looks almost exactly like a MacBook.

It's shameful how the Chinese are ripping off Apple's designs now days
Yes that's a MBP 13" my son has the same one. But no one is ripping off the design, the Apple logo was 'blacked out' Same reason you would see Alton Brown's Apple Displays have an Iron Chef logo taped over the Apple Logo, or in iCarly they put a Pear on a MBP.

I could be wrong but I think it has something to do with copyright, trademark, etc and paying royalties for having the logo in the advertisement. Or they did it just to look 'generic'
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:27 AM   #9
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The Total POM would be a great Lojack for a kayak... assuming it works well.

Hopefully, it won't be a Total POS.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:30 AM   #10
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Why don't people just be more attentive to their children, lock their pool gates, etc? This is a more elegant and cheaper solution.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 11:36 AM   #11
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Why don't people just be more attentive to their children, lock their pool gates, etc? This is a more elegant and cheaper solution.
That sounds like a lot of mental overhead. I mean, boy! I'm pooped just thinking about thinking about it...

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Why don't people just be more attentive to their children, lock their pool gates, etc? This is a more elegant and cheaper solution.
I was paying too much attention to the child, and that's why my drone flew out of range. Now I wish I had some sort of locator beacon on it, so my child and I could find it.

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Oh, you mean Tile?
http://www.thetileapp.com/
They mention Tile in the article that you didn't read, so no, they didn't mean Tile.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 12:25 PM   #13
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What exactly makes this better than tile? It certainly is uglier.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 12:26 PM   #14
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I have a feeling this will achieve atleast 5 times it's target...
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 12:27 PM   #15
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Laptop in the photo looks almost exactly like a MacBook.

It's shameful how the Chinese are ripping off Apple's designs now days
id put money that it is a MacBook with the logo edited out
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 12:35 PM   #16
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Laptop in the photo looks almost exactly like a MacBook.

It's shameful how the Chinese are ripping off Apple's designs now days
Wow, they even got the MagSafe, Thunderbolt port, and battery indicator in there!

Most likely a 2011 model.

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I don't like it either. I hope nobody comes over and tries to stick one on me.
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what exactly makes this better than tile? It certainly is uglier.
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Laptop in the photo looks almost exactly like a MacBook.

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What are you going on about? It is a MacBook but with the Apple logo photoshopped out.
Looks to me like it's physically blocked out as apposed to photoshopping it. This is what I get after messing with the curves a bit.



Fotoforensics doesn't pull up anything obvious either.
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Old Jun 26, 2014, 01:29 PM   #20
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Yes, it is a Macbook Pro

Thanks for all the comments on our product. Yes, it is my Macbook Pro. 2012 version for those that care

We blurred out the logo for trademark issues. So, no it is not a Chinese ripoff. Don't worry.

What makes our Total POM better than Tile is the 300+ foot range, replaceable battery, GPS and Cellular tracking capabilities and the ability to sync it to your POM Link which gives you 24/7 monitoring of any location (such as your home or office) even if you are not there. Tile is great for keeping track of your keys. We're perfect for helping you keep track of things that really matter like your kids or your pets.

Thanks for the support Mac Rumors. We appreciate it.
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Thanks for all the comments on our product. Yes, it is my Macbook Pro. 2012 version for those that care

We blurred out the logo for trademark issues. So, no it is not a Chinese ripoff. Don't worry.

What makes our Total POM better than Tile is the 300+ foot range, replaceable battery, GPS and Cellular tracking capabilities and the ability to sync it to your POM Link which gives you 24/7 monitoring of any location (such as your home or office) even if you are not there. Tile is great for keeping track of your keys. We're perfect for helping you keep track of things that really matter like your kids or your pets.

Thanks for the support Mac Rumors. We appreciate it.
Does Tile have GPS / cellular? Also please make it any color other than orange. If white is a problem because Tile is white, then maybe black or gray?
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Does Tile have GPS / cellular? Also please make it any color other than orange. If white is a problem because Tile is white, then maybe black or gray?
Tile doesn't have GPS/Cellular. It's Bluetooth only, like the standard POM.
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It will be in multiple colors

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Does Tile have GPS / cellular? Also please make it any color other than orange. If white is a problem because Tile is white, then maybe black or gray?
No, Tile is strictly a Bluetooth tracker. If your item is out of range from you, then you have to rely on other Tile users who have their apps running on their phone to help you locate your lost item.

And don't worry, we will multiple colors. Right now we have White, Black and Pink (I know it looks orange in that picture, but's it's pink). If we hit certain stretch goals on Kickstarter, then we will add more color options.


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Old Jun 26, 2014, 03:16 PM   #25
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No way I'd stick that big wart on my laptop. Aside from bad aesthetics, it would impede stowing it in pockets designed for laptops.

It's also kind of big for a guy's keychain. And on the kid? How long before it breaks or gets lost?

On a pet's collar seems reasonable however, and Lord knows some people are willing to spend huge amounts on their pets. If I were forced to sell this product that's what I'd concentrate on.
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