Kensington case warns when you leave your iPhone 4 behind

Kensington case warns when you leave your iPhone 4 behind

Summary: Wireless transmitter senses if there is too much distance between you and your smartphone, sends an audible alert and locks the screen so data is secured.

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For those of you inclined to leave your smartphone behind after meetings or while traveling, Kensington has come out with a cool new case that alerts you when you're about to part company with one of your most valuable business tools. The catch is that it currently only works with an Apple iPhone 4.

The product, called BungeeAir, comes in two components that work together to tell you if you're in danger of losing your iPhone. It includes a case that you can use to protect the smartphone's body and a wireless BungeeAir Fob that you can stick in your pocket, briefcase or purse. If you walk any more than 50 feet away from your iPhone, an audible alert will sound and the screen is password-locked so that if someone picks it up or snatches it he or she will not be able to see your data. If you're the kind of person who routinely puts things down "somewhere," you can press a button on the fob that triggers an alert on the case so you can figure out where in the vicinity you might have left it. The fob has a battery life of up to six months.

This gadget would have saved my husband and I hours in the early summer when he inadvertently dropped his iPhone under a hydrangea bush he was planting.

There are currently two versions of BungeeAir that Kensington is selling. The first one, which lists for $99.99, adds a battery to the case component so that you have an extra four hours of power for your iPhone. The battery capacity is 1500mAh, and the wireless technology that BungeeAir is 2.4 gigahertz. The second version of the product dispenses with the battery and comes with an adapter that you attach to the iPhone's 30-pin connector, which communicates with the fob. That version of the product is priced at $79.99.

The downside to all this, of course, is if you leave the fob and the iPhone in the same place -- and that place is not with you -- this security doesn't do much good. But if you're absentminded, it probably wouldn't hurt to check out this new product.

Topics: Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • What about WIFI jammer ?

    Some days ago I read some information about WIFI jammers, which can jam wireless networks. Not sure are they legal or not, however I think that BungeeAir can be easily blocked by this WIFI jammer, I am right ?
    Chopper1988
    • RE: Kensington case warns when you leave your iPhone 4 behind

      HA-HA, just found some WIFI jammers in the internet - <a href="http://www.jammer-store.com/wb12-wifi-bluetooth-gsm-3g-jammer-blocker.html," target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.jammer-store.com/wb12-wifi-bluetooth-gsm-3g-jammer-blocker.html,</a> however they are totally illegal to import or to own in USA <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_jammer" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_jammer</a>. However, I still don't understand will this jammer really jam BungeeAir app. If so, it can be considered is a great threat to all iphone users, because all thiefs will use the technology of jamming, thought
      Chopper1988
  • This would be great if it worked both ways

    If you have the FOB on your keys and leave your keys on the table. As soon as the keys and phone are seperated by 50 feet, both start alarming. I've never lost my phone but I have left my keys on a counter at the mall and had to retrace my steps to find them when I got to the car.
    Scubajrr
  • RE: Kensington case warns when you leave your iPhone 4 behind

    Should be compulsery for all Apple enployees.
    svweenen@...