Published on November 15th, 2011 | by Greg0
An Easy Gift For Just About Anyone: Cobra Tag
Don’t worry, it’s not quite what it sounds like. Today’s piece of gear has nothing to do with snakes, and it’s not a game. But when we say “just about everyone”, we mean it. The target audience of this product includes everyone who loses things- or anyone who knows people who lose them, and wants to help with the affliction. It’s an easy stocking stuffer, or a fun way to hide a present actually.
Enough mystery. The Cobra Tag is a pretty simple idea- a small luggage tag fob that can attach to your keychain or valuables. And it works in two ways, allowing you to ring your smartphone from the tag itself, or vice versa! This twist, the bi-directionality, comes in handy- after all, if you lost your phone, you couldn’t buzz the tag. It connects via Bluetooth, works within a 30 foot radius, and can send out notifications if the pair get out of range of one another. The Tag also features a a micro-USB charging port, and can last about seven days between charges.
The dongle isn’t small- it’s bigger than some car remotes. And one major downside is that it only works for Android and Blackberry smarthphones (and smartphones only, sorry everyone else). Apple and Windows smartphone users (like most of us here) are left out in the cold at the moment, unfortunately. Their iRadar device, that we liked quite a bit, supports iOS- we hope that we’ll be seeing the Cobra Tag app on the iPhone soon. In the meantime, our tests revealed that we lose things more often that we’d like to admit. And at $60, available now online, the Cobra Tag is a reasonable price for peace of mind. It could be smaller and offer better battery life, but in the meantime, we’re definite fans.