Life can be tough.  One common occurrence is that we leave our home in a rush and the vulnerability to leaving something important behind gets the best of us.  Fortunately, Google is up to their clever-ways again, tinkering with ideas to help make our lives easier.

A newly filed patent by Google Inc. lets us glance at a capability in-work, where we will be able to pair our smartphones with valuable items we need in order to function, such as our wallet, keys, glasses, or even more important, coffee mug.


The patent says that your smartphone will continually monitor the presence of said items and alert you if they go out of range and are not detectable anymore.  To achieve this, different short-range wireless technologies would be utilized, such as NFC, Bluetooth, RuBee, or RFID.  For instance, your phone could monitor your work laptop’s presence via Bluetooth.  For non-electronic items, you would place a RFID tag on each.

On the software end, you’ll be able to distinguish which communicator is which item and be able to specify at what distance apart to warn you, the type of warning to issue, and how often to check for the items.


This is definitely one of those capabilities we could foresee coming.  Of course, if you forget your phone, the whole concept falls apart.  Maybe your smartwatch could be a form of redundancy for this system?


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