New tracker called Magpie
We recently contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for a tracking device called Magpie.
Lots of people ask about a good tracking device for children with autism or elderly people with dementia that can be connected to a carer’s smartphone. There are plenty of products on the market but some of the reported problems with them are:
- Bulky and obvious – wearer may take it off
- Some can be “locked” on but this may be too intrusive to the wearer from a sensory or comfort point of view
- The range is small – no good for out and about in a public place
- The lag between the wearer leaving the prescribed area and the alert arriving on the carer’s phone is too long
- The battery life or the life of the device itself is too short
- The device is expensive
- It requires a data plan which is expensive
What’s so good about Magpie?
The Magpie designers claim to have solved all those problems. Fingers crossed! Here’s what they say:
Magpie is the most affordable, truly global tracker. Others out there are either Bluetooth-powered with short reach, or expensive and theoretical. We’re also set up with a subscription-based service, so there is no cost for the device and the cost of the GPS service is significantly less.
Magpie’s battery is rechargeable, so you’ll never run out of juice.
On a single charge Magpie will last anywhere from 1 day to 3 months depending on the tracking frequency you’ve put in place; by the minute, by the hour, by the day.
Magpie is waterproof, dustproof and designed to withstand anything daily life throws at it.