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Feb 14th 2017, 01:03 PM   #1
 TimberMoto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Salem, Oregon

  Maybe next year?
Interesting mini GPS on Indiegogo

If this unit really works it might help a lot of people recover their stolen bikes. Small enough to hide somewhere a thief couldn't find it without doing some major disassembly.

"Ping - The World’s Smallest Global GPS Locator
Global range, long battery life & instant locating for kids, pets, luggage – or anything that moves."


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/p...YaAt9R8P8HAQ#/
Feb 14th 2017, 01:28 PM   #2
 Tripledij's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
Should be great for stalking... err, I mean getting your bike back.
TimberMoto and fiveohford like this.
Feb 14th 2017, 02:29 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Spokane Wa/Knoxville Tn

  2007 BMW F800S. 1999 ATK 605ESDS Sumo
This is one of those things that need to be seen actually mass-produced and WORKING before you trust. That battery is really, really small, even by small battery standards.

Also in their parts diagram on the indigogo page they have the chips incorrectly labeled.

There's also a distinct issue of shielding of the antennae from certain other components inside which will harm function.


it *might* work. but i'll believe it when I see it. I have a feeling like most successful crowd funded products they'll spend all the money ramping up production, have quality control issues, then be left over with little money to actually fix it.
Feb 15th 2017, 08:38 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Buyer Beware!

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For Ping to be found anywhere in the world it needs to use a cellular signal, just like your mobile phone.
Which is in contrast to the claim:

Quote:
Ping - The World’s Smallest Global GPS Locator
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Feb 15th 2017, 10:40 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
I was a bit surprised to see the battery life claim coupled with the battery size specification. Reading the information they posted it sounds as if this is listening for a "find me" command through the cell network and then listen to GPS for a position fix and finally reply back via cell network with the location. This allows them to operate with GPS off until location information is required.

I would love to see them pull this off but I am rather skeptical that this will really hit the market and meet the claims made.
Feb 17th 2017, 05:49 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Salem, Oregon

  Maybe next year?
I have seen a lot of these crowd funding endeavors fall flat on their face, but this one looked interesting enough to share. I'm not very savvy when it comes to this type tech, hopefully they can actually pull it off.
Feb 17th 2017, 07:56 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '15 KLZ1000BFF (BEST FRANDS 4EVER!)
Iota is another option. It doesn't rely on bluetooth, and the battery lasts many weeks.

I did a little motorcycles color commentary for a review a friend did.
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