Smart Wallets

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  1. ozmoses

    ozmoses . Supporter

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    Recently lost my wallet- and by lost I mean I can't absolutely prove it was taken,but it's gone from my truck.

    Looking around the web for options, I just learned about smart wallets which are linked to a phone so they can even be located on a map if "lost".

    Anybody using one of these or similar?



    https://cuirally.com/voyager-smart
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  2. Dracula

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    I'd "lost" my phone more times than I care to share.. but never the wallet.
    Search for "location tag" and "key finder"
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  3. ozmoses

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    Yes, I've found a few- Tile, Chippolo (above),Trak Card, there are several options available but do they work as advertised ...?
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  4. muddywater

    muddywater Bless Your Heart

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    Milwaukee makes "smart" cordless tools... and I have seen it work..

    Out of blue tooth range, anyone that has their app will send a message to you automatically when they are in range.
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  5. RVDan

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    Tile worked fantastically except that nobody else in range had the app. If you can talk everybody in the world into downloading the app and allowing it to use their data it would be perfect.
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    Truckers wallet? [​IMG]
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  7. ozmoses

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    yeah, a chain was my first thought but I rarely actually carry my wallet- it's generally in the truck (which I'll be locking from now whenever on site), or in my moto gear,etc.

    I like the idea of a tracker showing up in a map app. If it works.

    And what the hell is that duct taped deal- a homemade fleshlight??
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  8. Byrdguy

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    My wallet always stays in my back pocket.
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  9. Sporkster

    Sporkster Not just a utensil.

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    I may be wrong but my gut says that far more people have their cars broken into than get pick pocketed. I'd also guess that far more people lose their phone than get their car broken into. Seems like you're just begging for a twofer here. You lose your phone, which crackhead bob then uses to go straight to your car and takes your wallet. Wouldn't just keeping the thing in your pocket at all times make losing it far less likely than the options you're looking at?
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  10. ozmoses

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    Well, this is one thing I'm asking any users of these things about- how well does the app function in real life?

    Anyway, I haven't carried a wallet in my pocket for more than 30 years of contracting and I probably ain't gonna start now.
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  11. Byrdguy

    Byrdguy Long timer

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    Probably not, but, dang. Leaving it in your truck all the time? To each his own.
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  12. ozmoses

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    lol.

    Generally, my keys are in the ignition too! We even leave the house unlocked sometimes.

    Call it a perk of living in the sticks.

    Anyway, do you have any experience w/ these trackers?
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  13. gogogordy

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    Seems like someone not willing to embrace the technology of a simple door lock to-date probably wont find more advanced wallet tracking technology involving the cloud, etc. any more appealing in practical use.

    If you arent interested in changing (what seems to me like) a bad habit wallet-wise, perhaps a decoy wallet loaded with worthless cards (library, casino players club, etc) and maybe 15-20 bucks in onesies and fivers is in order, along with a deeper hide on your replacement “real” wallet in your unlocked or soon to be locked truck is worth considering. Once a would-be thief finds the decoy, they arent gonna hang around verifying its authenticity, or looking for another.

    Plus you always have a few singles and fives for an unexpected incidental.
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  14. ozmoses

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    :lol3

    yeah, I'm a Luddite but am not 100% beyond hope- I even have an iPhone now!

    Generally, I do not carry cash beyond 5 or 10 bucks.

    Moreover, I'm not interested in discussing my wallet/key habits- a sub brought a bad actor onto my site and that situation has been resolved.

    Further, my guys often will use my truck as required and a couple have keys to the shop; none of this is the point of the thread.

    What I am interested in is if anybody is using these trackers and how they like or dislike them?

    What I've found is some are rechargeable, some have replaceable batteries and others are recycled/exchanged.

    Seems to me replacing a battery is the most cost effective/easiest method.

    What I don't know is the lifespan of these units or, if like my other bluetooth experiences, these need constant pairing and "updating" to function as intended.?
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    I'm so low tech that this is the first I've heard of a wallet tracker.
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    gogogordy Long timer

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  17. gogogordy

    gogogordy Long timer

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    I feel your pain; your habits are just that...yours. You just want advice from the inmates about a possible way to continue and refine your habit. Got it. Hopefully the following more closer answers what you asked, and nothing more since my prior reply clearly didnt fit that standard, but hey this is ADV!

    Well, the first thing Id bring to this convo, is that since you intend to continue your particular carry method...wouldnt you be getting notified pretty much constantly as you put distance between your person/iPhone and your wallet not on your person? The technology won’t know its crying wolf...but it’ll still be an irritant and ultimately a non-warning?

    Secondly, I DID have one of those Tile devices and it seemed to me to work better on paper, than in practice as whenever I wanted to locate something with that silly dongle attached to it (my briefcase with my laptop and files inside of it....wife actually bought it for me for the explicit purpose of eyeglasses location, MY achilles heel, but hanging THAT Tile from my glasses? Never happened, she was crushed) the time spent effing with the needed app and technodevice required for that app would’ve been much better spent retracing my steps while they were still warm. The apps and steps required to locate aren’t neccesarily time efficient. At least to me. Just saying.

    Adding technology to a relatively simple, and infrequent task such returning to the last place you THINK you left something onlys adds to the situational confusion but then Im a relatively simple guy who enjoys technology less, and less. In other words is everything that we encounter in life really made better/safer/easier/more accurate by throwing an app and device at it? Not in my world.

    BTW...this sounds like an isolated incident for you....worthy of new layer of complication moving forward?

    Let us know how you resolve this and how you like the resolution.
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  18. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    You should meet my X. Bitch can sniff a wallet out from a thousand miles.
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  19. ozmoses

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    Good real world info.
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  20. MiniBike

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    These make it much easier to carry a wallet. Front pocket or back.

    https://www.all-ett.com/

    I've been using the ultra slim original for 10+ years. The previous one lasted about the same.
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