Review: Pixie Adds Augmented Reality to Finder Tags

There are a lot of Bluetooth trackers out there, but the Pixie Finder (starting at $29.99) from Pixie has an interesting twist. Pixie has added Augmented Reality to the process of finding your missing gadgets. To accomplish this, one of the trackers needs to be attached to your iPhone or iPhone case. To Pixie's credit, the company gives away a custom case with your order. 

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The trackers are relatively low-cost, but that's important because they don't have replaceable batteries; after about 12 months, when the built-in battery dies, the tracker becomes disposable.

Pixie offers adhesive or keyring options, but the four-tracker package I tried had two keyring options.

Pros

  • Augmented Reality app
  • Low-cost trackers
  • Adhesive or keyring options
  • No batteries to replace

Cons

  • Requires sticking one Pixie on iPhone
  • iOS only, currently
  • Disposable after 12 months

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a tracker to find your gadgets, the Pixie Finder makes the process fun and efficient thanks to Augmented Reality. 

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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.