GearEye is a small tag that emits a signal so you can track the items that are most important to you. GearEye is a small tag that emits a signal so you can track the items that are most important to you. GearEye is a small tag that emits a signal so you can track the items that are most important to you. (Photo: GearEye)

New gadget promises you'll never forget anything again

GearEye helps track your most important stuff.

There are few things more anxiety-inducing than traveling, especially if you are forgetful by nature. That's why a new gadget called GearEye could be the game-changer so many of us are in the market for.

GearEye's Gear Management System, as it's officially called, is a radio frequency identification device (RFID) that comes in the form of a small tag that can be stuck onto any object. The tag emits a signal that is picked up by either a dongle or a case that goes on the user’s smartphone, allowing the user to track the object no matter its location.

The tag was conceived in 2014 by award-winning Israeli photographer Roie Galitz after a particularly fitful period of forgetfulness that saw him repeatedly misplace different equipment he needed for work. He then teamed up with Yulia Lerner, a graduate of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, who happens to have a background in gadgetry, to push the project forward.

Perhaps most useful about GearEye is that it allows you to build a checklist of the items you'll need, therefore preempting any potential carelessness. This, more than anything else, is what sets it apart from other similar devices that simply allow you to track items like your keys or wallet.

The RFID technology GearEye is using is actually catching on in many industries where misplacement can mean big headaches. Delta Air Lines, for example, has started using it at some airports to track baggage.

And in a signal of just how big of a nerve Galitz and Lerner have touched, GearEye recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with the initial goal of raising $60,000. It's already reached that sum with nearly two months left to go.

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