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The Internet of Things Becomes the Location of Things [CES 2016]

The Internet of Things Becomes the Location of Things [CES 2016]
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These tags, featured at #CES2016, will tell you exactly where you left your keys or pets

Leo Lutero
  • 6 january 2016

Pixie brings a new dimension to the Internet of Things by allowing devices to find each other in a physical space. This Location of Things (LoT) platform lets you point your camera at any scene and Pixie will automatically tell you where your stuff is, even if it’s hidden behind other things.

At the heart of this technology is the Pixie Point, a small, teardrop-shaped token that sticks to your items. It sends and receives RF signals and through Bluetooth LE, it can sync to a smartphone as well as other Pixie Points.

To locate items in a room, it records the time-of-flight of emitted signals and calculates the location through triangulation. This requires at least three Pixie Points, including the one being identified.

LoT platforms adds an interesting layer to the Internet of Things. For example, instead of using an app to turn on your connected lighting, you can just point at the bulbs or just walk into the room. The Pixie Platform can even help you navigate a store aisle so you can find what you’re looking for. Store owners can also use Pixie Points for targeted campaigns and provide additional information about products.

When there are a number of Pixie Points in a house, they build a single network by communicating with each other. This means the smartphone only connects to a single Pixie Network to use the location data. If a Pixie Point, like the tag attached to your pooch’s collar, for example, leaves the network, you can get an instant notification.

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The PSFK 2017 Forecast imagines a future where the digital and the physical blend together, especially with more and more IoT products coming along. Pixie Points, which target the tagging and identification of personal belongings by smart devices, builds an individual digital environment for each user.

The Pixie Point is now available for pre-order with a starter pack of four priced at $69.95. The battery for each tag is expected to last for up to 18 months. APIs will also be released to allow developers to build more applications for the platform.

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