The new low-power Bluetooth 4.0 technology has found one of its first practical uses on the iPhone 4S in the limits of the Kickstarter Find My Car Smart project. Combining a $0.99-worth iOS app with a mini USB Smart Device broadcasting Bluetooth, the project is designed to locate a car in a crowded place. Due to low power consumption of Bluetooth 4.0, the location is quietly updated in the background requiring no constant or strong signal.
With such approach, the app only needs to be opened once before finding the car, in order to pair it. As long as the Smart Device is powered, the location doesn’t have to be reset every time users park, in contrast to other car finders. With a number of similar apps for iPhone, the app must be manually launched to drop a pin on every new parking lot. Stopping to do this when being late to work or trying not to miss a place is an annoying waste of precious time. Besides indicating where a user has parked their car, Find My Car also tells how far away a user is and how long they are parked at the location.
Since it is a Kickstarter project, production schedules depend on whether Find My Car Smart will get an estimated $10,000 to be hopefully launched late in January. For $25, customers will reportedly be able to purchase both a device and a free copy of the app, which is normally paid-only. In addition, users can purchase a USB car charger at a slightly higher price of $30 that keeps the Smart Device powered with no car head-end unit with USB built-in required.