From pets wandering away and ultimately getting lost, to keys and other items getting misplaced, the desire to, at all times, be able to tell the location of things that are important to us is a priority to everyone. Several GPS tracking solutions exist on the market with small form factors and superb performancε thanks to advancements in communication and GPS technologies. However, with innovation, there is always room for improvement and greater heights to scale, and that’s exactly what Melbourn based AirBolt is doing with the launch of its new GPS tracker; the AirBolt® GPS which debuted on Kickstarter a few days ago.
AirBolt takes pride in its user-led design process as displayed in the AirBolt Smart Travel Lock which was released a while back, and the process was adopted for the development of the AirBolt® GPS. According to the AirBolt team, A total of 6 factors/features were considered and set as priorities during the design of the new GPS;
- Small Form Factor
- Long Battery Life
- Customizable Alerts
- Discrete Outlook
- Shared Access
- Global Tracking
- Sturdy and Waterproof
Tailoring the design towards this features/goals led the team to the development of a small, only 37mm x 34mm x 11mm (1.45″ x 1.34″ x 0.43″) and VERY lightweight (approx. 21 grams, 0.75oz), LTE-M/NB-IOT enabled device, based on GPS rather than Bluetooth as in other devices.
The small and discrete nature of the device means it can be hung from the collar of a pet or slipped discreetly in a pocket/bag or be used as a keyholder.
Implementing location over LTE-M/NB-IoT, which are low-powered cellular networks, helps users leverage in the latest communication solutions while saving big on power, ensuring the device lasts for a long time before recharge is needed.