This is what AR was made for - iOS app Pixie helps you locate almost any item in AR

Let's be honest here... How often do you lose your keys or wallet? If you're anything like us, miniature black holes are likely an integral part of your humble abode's interior, slurping anything remotely important in our everyday lives that ventures past their event horizons. Humiliating.

Luckily, thanks to augmented reality, item locating became way cooler than it used to be.

Augmented reality is no longer the go-to topic for sci-fi movies and is already a reality, available to the simplest Jane or Joe. What's even better is that almost everyday we get treated to cool new uses of the tech which has tons of potential for various uses. The latest one that got brought to our attention are Pixie Points, adhesive tags that assign a digital identity to any physical item, making it quick and rather easy to find in a cool, augmented interface, and Pixie, a companion app that makes full use of iOS 11's ARKit capabilities.

The premise is quite simple - you get Pixie, you attach it to an item you really, really, really don't want to lose, and you're pretty much set. Unlike more common Bluetooth-based item trackers of the same ilk that use only audio signals to guide you, Pixie utilizes both AR and audio cues: it allows you to assign a cool 3D avatar to the object you're locating and keep track of it thanks to those nifty Pixie Points. You can even have the distance to the tracked object shown on screen, exact down to inches, making locating important thingies easier and more convenient.

That said, Pixie has been around for a while now, but with augmented reality becoming more and more mainstream now that iOS 11 is out, the item-locating service became that much more useful and pleasant to use.

Pixie Points have a 12-month battery life and measure up at 47mm x 35mm x 3.2mm and are waterproof up to around 3ft. They have a 150-feet outdoor range and 30-50 feet indoors, which should be pretty much sufficient for almost anyone's needs. Prices start at $29.99; Pixie is available on both Amazon and the company's own website. Pixie will also soon make a rather big step and arrive on Android.

Here's a video demo that shows how Pixie does the magic:

source: Pixie



1. palmguy

Posts: 988; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

......have a 12-month batter life" Is it good for making pancakes?

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

LMAO. Just human error though.

5. peter.k

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

Proof that we are totally not robots!

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup same reflected in your forums iPhone 8 rating though.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

finally... AR rocks tbh..

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Waiting for such to land on the Android platform. But MR is still the best way to go for me.

4. izim1

Posts: 1614; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Am i the only one who has a key rack by the door and has never misplaced my keys because they hang there all the time when not in used?

6. Valdomero

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

People like my girlfriend like to put everything everywhere and then forgets where they put the thingy they're looking for. I've lost count on how many times I've told her about putting stuff in random places and I'm tired of moving her important stuff to a more common location. THIS is a great gift for her, maybe she'll get mad at me but she'll get the message.

9. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Author forgot to mention: "But there's one more thing": Yours iPhone will looks ugly when attach Pixie to it:

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