Airtag-inspired Google tracking device has literally the most unfortunate name ever

“Can’t find the G Spot? There’s an app for that…”
The jokes practically write themselves with this hilariously audacious fan-made concept.

It’s true that Google is the undisputed king of search, and it’s also true that Apple and Samsung have both beaten Google to the punch when it’s come to searching for actual objects in the real world… so one designer decided to take matters into his own hands. Designed less as a serious concept and more as a way to really scratch a specific itch, Italy-based Obi Fidler created the G Spot – a mildly raunchy conceptual tracker with a name so wild I’d pay good money to watch Sundar Pichai give an entire keynote on it. The G Spot (I’m glad this isn’t YouTube or I’d probably be demonetized) is a simple GPS smart tracker designed in the vein of Apple’s own AirTag. It comes with the same portable, tiny design, and can be tracked through Google’s own Find My Device and Google Maps services. Unlike the AirTag, however, this particular product comes in a variety of colors to match your sense of style…

Designer: Obi Fidler

The idea for creating a Google-made tracker started with Obi asking himself the most obvious question ever – Google’s got everything in place. The ecosystem, the map network, the hardware chops, even a highly capable Tensor chip… so why hasn’t Google built a tracking device yet? Heck, it even has the market penetration needed! (Pun intended)

The G Spot device looks almost entirely like the AirTag, with a UI that carries forward rather seamlessly to the Android ecosystem. Strap the device to your keys or put it in your backpack and you can track it through your phone the way you would a Chipolo tracker. The trackers are small, have a battery life that lasts years, and are designed with the Tensor chip on the inside to provide security. The only real problem is that they’re conceptual, although I do hope Google comes around to creating their own tracking device.

What’s hilarious yet equally amazing about this concept is just the brilliant humor behind it. Designed to be as clever as an April Fool’s prank from Google, the G Spot’s promo images are just filled with puns galore, like the one below, or the fact that the tracker cases are referenced as ‘protection’. The entire project is filled with laughs and if you got this far, I’m sure you enjoyed reading about the G Spot as much as I did writing about it. I had a few more jokes that I didn’t end up adding to my article, like this being the one true G Spot men can easily locate!

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A Honda-incubated startup designed this genius in-shoe GPS navigation system that can guide the visually impaired

Designed to integrate right into the wearer’s shoe, the Ashirase uses a series of haptic ‘tickles’ to help guide the visually impaired as they walk, providing a much more intuitive and effective alternative to using a smartphone.

The Ashirase has a rather heartbreaking backstory. Honda EV-engineer Wataru Chino began working on the concept following the death of a slightly visually impaired relative under circumstances he deemed avoidable. Determined to come up with a much more effective solution to help the blind navigate roads freely and safely, Chino saw no alternative but to craft together a design solution. Honda even helped incubate the design and build the startup through its new-business incubation initiative, IGNITION.

Armed with one less sense, visually impaired pedestrians find it incredibly difficult to navigate to unknown destinations. With their limited senses occupied in concentrating on directions, they can often forget to pay attention to their surroundings or the roads, putting them in danger. The inverse is problematic too, because when they pay more attention to their immediate surroundings, they could in the process forget to follow the directions correctly and get lost. Chino’s solution helps the impaired concentrate on the road while also being able to intuitively receive directions in a less-distracting way. The wearable sits sandwiched between the foot and the wearer’s sneaker. This frees up the user’s hand to hold onto their walking cane (as opposed to their smartphone), and allows them to use their ears to sense their surroundings (instead of listening to audio directions).

The name Ashirase comes from the Japanese word ‘oshirase’, for notice/notification, as the in-shoe wearable helps notify the wearer while they walk, effectively guiding them through a series of vibrations. The in-shoe wearable comes in two parts – a silicone band that wraps around the foot, and an electronic ‘compass’ that provides the haptic feedback. Wearables on each foot help guide the user in any direction, guiding the wearer to their end-destination that’s fed into Ashirase’s smartphone app (which also decides the most optimal path for the wearer to take). The app currently runs on the Google Maps API, which provides a few limitations like needing the internet to work, and not being able to provide effective navigation indoors, although the company is already working on overcoming those drawbacks.

Chino’s startup plans on releasing a beta version of the Ashirase system in Japan in October or November of this year, where users will be provided with free versions of the wearable and the app for testing purposes. Following the public beta, Ashirase is gunning for a commercial-ready product by October 2022, with a subscription-based payment system that should cost somewhere between $18 to $27 (or 2000-3000 Yen).

Designer: Ashirase LLC (Wataru Chino)

AT&T’s public safety network knows which floor first responders are on

AT&T’s FirstNet public safety network just received some upgrades that could make all the difference in certain emergencies. Most notably, the platform now includes vertical GPS support, or Z-Axis in AT&T-speak. It’s now possible to pinpoint...

This Fitbit-inspired dog collar is on point with keeping your pet safe and healthy!

Do you wish you could track your dog’s location in case of emergencies but don’t want to embed a tracker in his or her body? The Link smart collar offers an alternative, more pet-friendly solution with its removable GPS. However, the Link is for more than emergencies – it includes features that improve your pet’s health and quality of life every day. So, what does the Link do? The collar itself holds the GPS tracker and a LED light for visibility during night walks. Additionally, with the Link companion app, the product can log your dog’s physical fitness, vet records, and other stats related to his or her health. Basically, it’s a FitBit for your pet – keeping them happy, healthy, and safe.

From a design perspective, the Link embodies a subtly luxurious aesthetic thanks to the collar’s color-scheme, construction, and a few branding choices for the packaging. First, let’s talk about the shape of the collar. Overall, the collar maintains a slender shape, even though the GPS holder is slightly bulkier. The light brown leather also looks homey and comfortable – like a well-made pair of hiking boots: expensive but durable. The branding materials (color story, font choices, and even the product packaging) help convey a charming, but expensive look. The box itself, and the way the collar is presented in the packaging, reminds me of the packaging for a high-end wristwatch. The bright colors on the packaging also complement the collar’s brown leather shade nicely. Typical dog collars are simply hung from a hook at the pet store. The Link collar, on the other hand, comes in a box that is as beautiful as the product itself.

I appreciate the care that went into the aesthetic creation of the Link as well as its branding. The device itself is a great investment for pet owners. But the care that went into its design made it an eye-catching piece that likely attracted more pet-owners to the product.

Designer: Astro Studios

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The most advanced GPS tracker has a 12-month battery and slips into your wallet

It won’t help you find your soulmate, but it’ll damn right help you find everything else. The AirBolt® is a tiny, guitar-pick sized tracker that’s best described as the most advanced GPS tracker for its size. Small enough to fit on your keys, in your luggage, in your wallet, or even around your pet, the AirBolt uses a GPS along with LTE-M and Narrowband IoT networks to help you track your belongings anywhere in your neighborhood or even halfway across the world.

Most trackers work on one of two technologies, Bluetooth, or Cellular. Bluetooth trackers are relatively cheaper, but have a major drawback of being limited to your device’s Bluetooth range. Cellular trackers on the other hand, use a combination of GPS as well as cellular triangulation to find your device. They require a much bigger battery, and need a cellular subscription to work, even if your lost object is just 10 feet away. The AirBolt on the other hand uses a newer generation of cellular technology that works on lower energy that needs charging just once a year, and without a subscription – if you’re searching for your lost item within Bluetooth range (you only subscribe when you want to expand your tracking range). It also has a built-in buzzer, accelerometer (so it knows when it’s on the move), temperature sensor, and water-sensor (notifying you if it’s underwater), and is designed to be weatherproof and waterproof.

The AirBolt tracker was built as a successor to the AirBolt TSA Smart Lock from 2015. Designed to track practically anything, from your personal belongings to your pets, the AirBolt builds on technology that allows it to work with a combination of incredible range and battery life, packed into a device that’s small enough to literally be confused for a guitar pick. The AirBolt tracker can secure around your keys, sit in the folds of your wallet, slip into your backpack or luggage, or even on your pet collar or in your child’s pocket. The AirBolt smartphone app lets you locate the tracker no matter where it is on the planet (allowing you to access its location history too) and even share the location with others in realtime. Moreover, you can even set geofences for your trackers, preventing your pet from leaving the compound, or separation alerts so your child doesn’t accidentally get lost in a shopping mall. Short of dropping your belongings into the Bermuda Triangle, the AirBolt should be able to make sure you never lose or misplace your stuff.

Designers: Kabir Sidhu & AirBolt Pty

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The AirBolt®: GPS – Global Tracking Like it Was Meant to Be

AirBolt® GPS is the world’s smallest GPS, LTE-M and NB-IoT tracker lasting up to 12 months per charge.

Features & Benefits

Small and Lightweight – Only 37mm x 34mm x 11mm (1.45″ x 1.34″ x 0.43″) and approx. 21 grams (0.75oz). This means it can be hung from a collar or slipped discreetly in a pocket or bag.

Rechargeable – 12 months battery life per charge.

Waterproof with Water Alarm – Waterproof up to 1m (for 30minutes) with a built-in alert to let you know when it has been submerged.

Fits Into Your Lifestyle – The AirBolt uses LTE-M/NB-IoT & GPS with the capability to provide immediate and accurate location updates on demand. The tracking range is global.

Never Lose Your Pets – Track them anywhere, keep them safe and put your mind at ease. Set up Geo-Fencing and Separation Alerts, so you will immediately know if they have left the vicinity. The alert button can send you a message if someone else finds your pet.

Keep Track of your Kids & their Things – Use on a child’s backpack. Perfect for when they start walking to school themselves, keeping track of sports bags, or locating school items that are missing or forgotten. If your child gets lost, a quick press of the alert button sends you their location immediately.

Separation Alerts – Set a proximity alarm to alert you if you move away from your belongings.

Share Access – Everyone can keep track of their own belongings. This is also a great safety feature when traveling alone – share your location with friends and family so they know you’re safe.

Simple Setup

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