I’m notorious for losing things. I either forget or drop things – including phones and keys, with such unnerving frequency that I’m nicknamed ‘butterfingers’.
And then came the Panasonic Seekit!
For a person like me, a tracker like Seekit is nothing less than an extinguisher to what has been a never-ending fire. Keeping things in sight is now simple, as all I must do is tag it with the tracker, and then let the device do its work. So when I got my hands on the Seekit, I decided to test it out and see if it walks the talk of keeping your valuables safe.
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How It Works
Now that phones are trackable due to the GPS technology embedded in them, I decided to track something that was not possible to keep a track of otherwise – my house keys. Although I haven’t lost a set before, this is one thing I never want to lose. Hence, my keys found a companion in the Seekit and stayed with it for the duration of the review.
Before we get into how the Seekit fared, let’s talk about what I got in the box, the process of pairing it with my phone and some nifty features of the Seekit’s companion app that I found particularly useful.
The Seekit package contains the device, a key-ring and a starter manual on device connectivity and features. The Seekit itself is a neat, compact device and has a smooth texture to it. Apart from having a button to activate different functions, it also has an LED light to make it easy to spot in dark environments and a tiny speaker to alert the user on different occasions.
After you install the application on your phone, you need to hold down the Seekit button for around 8-10 seconds so that it activates and connects to the phone. The application allows you to do a variety of things, including setting an alert level for when the Seekit and tagged valuable move out a specific radius, as well as buzz the Seekit device with the click of a button.
Don’t like the default alert tone? You can customize it to your liking (particularly useful when you have multiple Seekit devices). Basically, there’s a lot of well-thought features and customization options in the application that offer convenience in the way you interact with Seekit.
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The Seekit Experience
Coming to my actual experience with the device, I was pretty content with the Seekit’s performance. Barring a lag of a couple of seconds, it updates the application about its location. But practically speaking, we lose our keys inside the house more often than we’d ever lose them outside. And since the GPS location isn’t accurate up to the inch, how do you find them inside the house? I was glad to know that the Seekit took care of this as well. Whenever the buzz from the device was inaudible, I could use the Proximity Guidance feature on the application that told me how close I was to the keys with the help of change in colours. For example, if I was far away from the keys the circle would turn red and if I was close it would turn green. Pretty neat, in my opinion.
The Seekit tag beeps as soon as it disconnects from your phone and alerts your phone about it too. I found this particularly useful while leaving my house as my phone would always alert me about the keys that I had forgotten in my room. The Seekit tracker can also send SOS Alerts with your location to three of your preferred contacts when you press the device’s button thrice. Fortunately, I didn’t find myself using this but I did raise a false alarm once to test this out (and it worked perfectly fine!).
One important thing to note is that all these features only work when the Seekit application on your phone is kept running. If ever your phone decides to kill the app from memory without you knowing about it, to save on RAM performance, you’ll find yourself unable to track the Seekit and the valuable it was attached to. But remember when I said that the Seekit has a lot of well-thought features? I did mean it! Seems like Panasonic had already thought about such a situation and came up with an effective solution for it too. The Seekit runs on a Crowd GPS platform which essentially means that if another Seekit user happens to pass by your lost Seekit, you’ll immediately be alerted about its latest location.
All in all, I had a really good experience with the Seekit. It’s comforting to know that valuables can now easily be tracked. So if you find yourself losing things too often or you just keep worrying about their safety, I’d highly recommend you to get the Seekit to get everything in control. It’s better to Seekit than hunt for it.
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