You'll never misplace your keys or your phone with the Motorola Skip 2.0
Now, with Motorola expected to soon introduce the Motorola Moto X+1, the manufacturer has decided to bring a new version of Skip to the marketplace as well. With its new design, the Motorola Skip 2.0 goes from a clip that uses NFC to unlock a Motorola handset, to a key fob that has a couple of new capabilities. And instead of using NFC, the new version of Skip supports Bluetooth connectivity.
So what are some of the new features for the Motorola Skip 2.0? Well, you can attach it to a set of keys, and you will never lose that set again. Using an app that you install on your handset, you can have the Skip 2.0 make a noise, helping you find whatever the device is attached to. In our example, it was a set of keys. And if you can't hear the sound for some reason, the app will also create a map, showing you the location of where your keys are hiding.
What if things are the other way around, and you know where your Skip 2.0 is, but you can't find your phone? Double tap the button on the device, and it will tell your handset to make a noise, helping you to find where you left your pride and joy.
And yes, the Skip 2.0 will still unlock your Motorola handset by bypassing the PIN or pattern unlock screen, once you pair the device to your Motorola branded phone using Bluetooth. While we don't have any news in terms of pricing or availability, we should see more information about the Motorola Skip 2.0 on September 4th, when Motorola plans on holding a major event.
Images from the Motorola Skip 2.0 User's Guide
1. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
IMO this is better, for many reasons. Mostly because of the social lost and found and it is meant for more but hey, for what Skip is, it does the job.
Looking to test this Skip 2.0 at some point though for my sisters phone, because of the reverse option.
2. YourNickname (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)
Tile has its advantage for stolen objects like a lo jack for anything but it lacks the skips lock code if in range of keys & find the phone itself.. which are two features im most interested in. And if it had a self charging & or solar panel, it would be perfect.
Could use both tile app and this.
3. oborawatabinost (Posts: 38; Member since: 18 May 2014)
I just want an nfc ring or glove or something that unlocks my phone with nfc. Someone make that please.
5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3347; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
No shortage of "smartrings":
There's a lot more security/multifunction "rings" out there, too.
6. troutsy (Posts: 279; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
This will be a very interesting piece. Motorola has done great things with hands-free operation and bluetooth key rings/tags really do open up a lot of options.
I haven't seen anyone use a BTLE (4.0) device successfully with a Motorola phone. I went with a BT (2.0) device, Insite LBT505, and that worked fantastically for 4-5 days on a charge. Bluetooth 4.0 would supposedly drop the bluetooth signal because it doesn't maintain constant communication. I think Motorola must have corrected that on the software side of the phone.
A replaceable battery is a novel concept, but I think I'd rather recharge the device once a month than replace the battery every few months to a year.
7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3347; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
"A replaceable battery is a novel concept, but I think I'd rather recharge the device once a month than replace the battery every few months to a year."
Keep buying devices with that "charge once a month" routine and pretty soon almost every day you will have to remember to charge something. That's bound to bring on early onset Alzheimers ;-)