With all the crazy stuff that’s been going on in the world over the past year or so, we can all forgive our brains for being more distracted and forgetful than usual. Still, finding yourself locked out of your home as a bunch of Great British Rain Clouds roll ominously closer towards you is a scenario none of us would like to find ourselves in.
Enter the Vodafone Curve GPS tracker — an incredibly useful bit of tech that’s small and light enough to attach to your keys (or anything else you fancy), letting you track and locate items, people, pets and more, in a bunch of clever ways. From finding your keys, to alerting you if your dog’s done a runner chasing a cheeky squirrel, it’s the ultimate accessory for bringing a little peace of mind into your life.
Available now for just £14.99 (from 14-28 June) as part of a special Amazon Prime Day offer, there’s no better time to fight back against some of life’s forgetful mishaps. Here are just a few ways in which the Curve can help you while you’re out and about.
1. Keep tabs on your best friend
No, not Gary — he’s a resourceful chap that can always get out of trouble. We mean your beloved pooch, who’s more than likely been delighted with having you at home more than usual over the past 12 months. Trouble is, no matter how happy they are when they’re with you, there’s always something that’s too great a distraction to ignore. From the aforementioned squirrel, to a stray ball, or just the primal call of the wild, dogs can often go AWOL despite our best efforts.
While you can get dedicated Bluetooth trackers for pets, they’ve got major downsides — namely you’ve got to be within a close range for the tracking to work. Ever tried getting within 15 metres to a dog in a maze-like woodland? Good luck.
Thankfully Curve is rammed with the latest and greatest tracking tech which includes not just Bluetooth, but Wi-Fi and GPS too, along with a built-in Vodafone Smart Sim, which ensures you’ll receive updates from any distance. All these options combined means that you can track your mischievous pup’s location on a map from wherever you are, letting you catch up with them and pinpoint their precise location before they’ve gotten into too much trouble. The one thing the Curve can’t do, sadly, is clean all that mud off them.
2. Help find your keys
Loath as we are to admit it, not a day goes by where we don’t frantically tear up the place looking for our keys. Yes, we have a dedicated bowl where they should be kept, and yes, we inexplicably never use it.
In this instance, Curve’s all new Bluetooth Proximity and Beep to Find features have got you more than covered while you’re rushing to leave the house. Both functions are automatically activated when your phone’s in Curve’s Bluetooth range (around 15 metres), and you can use the Vodafone Smart App (also known as V by Vodafone app) on iOS or Android, to view how far away you are from your Curve-toting keys in 0-5, 5-10 and 10-15 metre increments.
Activating the Beep to Find feature works exactly as you’d expect, causing Curve to emit a beep, letting you find it even quicker. As for how it managed to get behind the house plant that’s desperately in need of water? Beats us.
3. Remember where you parked
As things begin to open up, you’ll probably find yourself hitting the open road more often, which means also having to remember where you’ve parked. This tends not to be a problem if you're just in your local supermarket, but if you’ve taken a long overdue trip to a theme park for example, things get trickier.
Their cavernous asphalt car parks stretch on as far as the eye can see, with near-infinite rows of identical spaces tricking your brain with ease. Thankfully Curve can help here too — simply leave one in the car and you can enjoy the overpriced food and adrenaline-fuelled rides, safe in the knowledge that no matter how sunburnt you get, you’ll at least be able to hobble back to the sweet, glorious air-conditioned shade of your vehicle.
4. Master the wilderness
Going on a family camping holiday will probably be one of the more popular options this summer given the varying levels of considerations still associated with international travel. But while you might prefer sitting at the campsite enjoying a nice cider under a clear blue sky, your kids are set on exploring the surroundings.
Popping a Curve on their backpack will let you bask in the sun, safe in the knowledge that you can keep updated with their whereabouts in real-time, using the Vodafone Smart App. If anyone wants to let you know their location immediately, they can use Curve’s built-in Quick Alert button to ping you their location, so that you can find them easily. Throw in an IP67 waterproof build (capable of withstanding being submerged in one metre of water for half an hour), and it’ll handle any mischief thrown its way.
If your little ones happen to lose anything on their walk back then you can even use the app to see their previous route on a map, so you can easily backtrack and find the all-important dropped yoyo, Pokemon card, or whatever else kids are into these days.
Finally, if you don’t want to worry about your faithful pooch doing a runner from the campsite, you can set up a Zone using the Vodafone Smart App which will alert you if your pet’s Curve leaves or enters the set area, which is one less thing to worry about. With a battery life of up to seven days depending on the chosen mode, you can rest assured that you won’t have to worry about constant charging during your trip either.
5. Track all the things
The benefits of Curve are limited by your imagination. We’ve seen a few examples above, but with up to 20 Curve devices supported per account, you can keep tabs on all sorts of items for extra peace of mind. Curve fits into your life, however you choose to live it.
With four tracking modes available, you can tailor each Curve to its specific purpose too. Power Save Mode, for example, checks in every two hours, while Everyday Mode opts for every half an hour. Performance Mode bumps this up to every five minutes, while Real Time Tracking updates your phone every few seconds. Every option leaves a time-stamped Location History on a map, so you can see exactly what and/or who, went where. Sorted.