Now Your Smart Home Can Help You Find Your Keys

Now Your Smart Home Can Help You Find Your Keys

The Amazon Echo and Alexa voice assistant has always been a useful tool, but recently, it got a lot more useful. Through integration with TrackR, which I've covered frequently, you can now ask Alexa to find your iPhone. Well, technically, you could always ask, but now you will get a reply!

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In fact, the Alexa "skill," as it's called, will tell your iPhone to play a sound, even if it's on mute. And, of course, when you find your iPhone, you can use the TrackR app on your iOS device to help you find your TrackR tag, attached to your key ring, purse, etc.

Coincidentally, my wife misplaced her keys this morning and no, they did not have a tracking device on them. But they soon will. Indeed, there are quite a few Bluetooth-based tracking devices to choose from. This new skill makes TrackR pretty compelling. In fact, I just bought four more TrackR devices so I can take advantage of this.

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.