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Should I Use Tiles?

My Father’s Day present. Should I return it before opening?

My wife is tired of me complaining that I can’t find my wallet, my car keys, and my phone around the house. So she ordered me a couple of Tile bluetooth trackers [1] — one for my wallet, and one for my key ring. If I use them, as long as I know where my phone is, I can find either my wallet or my keys. And as long as I know where either my wallet or my keys are, I can find my phone.

They arrived today. I was excited!

Then my tech-oriented teenage son said, “Are you kidding me? I can’t let you use those.”

He’s very concerned about privacy and data.

I can’t bring myself to care that much about whether or not the Tile Corporation knows where my wallet and keys are (and, by extension, obviously, where I am). If I ever thought I would be going somewhere that I didn’t want others to know about, I’d remove the Tiles from my wallet and keys, and leave them at home. The risk seems minor for the convenience.

Am I wrong? Help me out here. I haven’t opened the boxes yet, so I could still return them.

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53 Comments To "Should I Use Tiles?"

#1 Comment By Roger On June 15, 2018 @ 9:07 am

Please please return them immediatiely, please! Find a way to strengthen your memory and improve your habits rather than passing everything on to yet another plastic gadget advertising your whereabouts. I shocked you would even consider this, to be honest.

#2 Comment By Neil B. On June 15, 2018 @ 11:52 am

The tile is literally a lifesaver for me.

My daughter has type 1 diabetes, which she manages using the Omnipod insulin delivery system. She has a plastic pod about the size of a matchbox attached to her body that has insulin. She controls it via a remote device that she keeps in a bag that she carries around with her.

Because she is a young teenager, she often misplaces it. The Tile allows us to find it no matter where it is.

I don’t care if Big Brother knows–the peace of mind of me knowing is worth it.

#3 Comment By Tony D. On June 15, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

I’m highly amused that you posted this on the feast of St. Anthony.

Except “St. Anthony” in Constantinopolitan is “ [2].”