hipKey Proximity Sensor for iOS Devices Now Available Through Apple Online Store

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After its announcement at CES earlier this month, Hippih has begun selling its hipKey smart sensor in the U.S. through the Apple Online Store for $90. It launched on European Apple Online Stores back in December, but quickly sold out. It's now back in stock on both the U.S. and European stores.
    The hipKey's battery is supposed to last between two and four weeks between charging. The iPhone app is available free on the App Store, while the device itself is $90 through the Apple Online Store.

    Article Link: hipKey Proximity Sensor for iOS Devices Now Available Through Apple Online Store
  2. macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2007
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
    Saw this on Shark Tank the other night but they didn't get funded.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
    I'd like to have one that I could use for second-factor authentication for secure sites. IE, have to get the fob close, plus provide username/password.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    That's a really good idea. You would just need some type of bluetooth adapter on your computer/device.
  7. needfx, Jan 22, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013

    macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    kickstart it!


    those are actually cool & better suited for this particular use!

    Last time the hipkey article came up, some forum users have posted alternatives which in their opinion were more presentable rather than the hipkey (to the day, I disagree). On the other hand, I honestly believe the hipkey is specifically designed to resemble the apple logo (that missing section) creating a subtle & unconscious familiarity to it.

    even their promo product positioning is set with the gap towards the right.

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  8. macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2013
  9. macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    But Stick N Find does not have the same features!

    You can't use Stick N Find to locate your phone or to know if your phone gone out of range because someone has grab it...

    hipKey is a diferente and more complete product ;)
  10. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    But way too pricey. If it was $30-$35, I could agree that's it a comparable product.

    I'll have to think about the stick and find... I could put them on my wallet, on my keys, on some particularly easy to lose remotes, etc...
  11. macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2004
    Washington, DC
    I have been waiting for something like this for a while... I ordered one tonight. Expensive, yes, but will save me plenty of headaches down the road. I'll primarily use it for my keys, but when I travel I will switch it to my camera bag. It may be $90, but if I had this a few years ago I might still have about $700 worth of camera equipment I once left on a train.
  12. macrumors 68010


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
  13. macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Stick N Find does both of those.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    how does this product compare with Kensington Proximo?
  15. macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    New York City
    Nobody uses IE /s
  16. macrumors member

    May 14, 2012

    Then you want this :)

  17. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    You can just use Find My iPhone from your web browser or another iOS device. Once you get out of that 50m range, hipkey will not help.


    Hipkey is also quite large which narrows down the number of applications it can be used as a finder. You wouldn't be attaching this to your remote control for instance. Here is a good reference photo for size.

  18. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    It's cool and I want to buy but I don't lose my stuff. The remotes on the couch. Keys don't run away. And my iPhone 5 doesn't jump out of my pocket.
  19. macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    Wouldn't be surprised if its already possible. I was on site at a client for an IT arrangement about 18 months ago, and he showed me how he had his Windows Mobile 6.5 phone set up such that by putting it within range of his laptop would unlock the laptop. Probably used bluetooth to do it.

    If he left the room with his phone, his laptop would lock itself.

    Not the exact same concept, but it's close enough to make me think someone would have something similar.

    That demo he gave me had nothing to do with my work, it just came up in general chin wag so I can't recall what he used to do it....and I can't imagine to many people here are rocking Windows Mobile 6.5 devices anyway.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Nice to know that there are still normal folk in the world! :D
  21. macrumors 68020


    Sep 25, 2012
    Agreed. hipKey can actually... you know... deter a thief in the act of swiping your bag/item/precioussss. I so like the detect motion feature.

    However.... battery needs recharging every couple of weeks? Errrm...
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    Sep 25, 2012
  23. macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012

    > After its announcement at CES earlier this month, Hippih has begun selling its hipKey

    Hippih. It's like Kitteh.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    This sounds like a devices that really solves an existing problem. When I can't find my keys it's usually bc I'm so busy I don't notice where I drop then as I run in the house. A quick fix to the problem will be very valuable to me. I just bought one. Est delivery 29th.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 26, 2008
    Georgia USA
    $90 because you won't make the effort to make a place to put your keys EVERY time you walk in your abode?

    Twenty years ago I bought a device that would alert me when my daughter got more than 10-15 feet away. It cost me $15. Pin it to her and turn it on when we got out of the car.

    Another device for my wife was a device that went on her key ring. A shrill whistle and the thing started beeping.

    When my daughter dropped her cell phone several years ago at night while a group of was walking, she didn't realize it until we were driving home. We went back and listened while I called her phone. We retraced our steps and located the phone behind some shrubbery where it had landed.

    My wife left her phone in the stall at Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo. Someone turned it in and called me while we were about a hundred miles away. That person mailed it to us. Not everyone is a thief.

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