So far, the need for Apple’s new iBeacon technology has been debatable. Surely it’s cool for your phone to give you an enhanced experience of any Baseball game when you take a seat, but that can get annoying when unwanted ads kick-in. We’ve seen Apple expand the technology to retail stores and other services, but probably the most genius use for the technology, is in helping you track something that’s valuable.
A company called Tzukuri is planning to launch a crowd funding project to build sunglasses that include iBeacon technology to help you track them. These glasses are compatible with Apple’s Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program are coming soon. After knowing a fair share of people that lose sunglasses with ease, we must say the idea of the project is rather smart if you think of it. While the company is based in Australia, the glasses will be handmade in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, a region known for producing most of Japan’s handmade eyeglass frames. The iBeacon will be able to detect when you’re 16, 32 or 50ft away and alert you of your missing sunglasses.
As for the most important part of the news, the Tzukuri glasses will retail for $249 AUD (approx. $230 USD) on preorder through the crowd funding project, but eventually stores will sell these at $349 AUD suggested retail price. You can expect these to launch between December 2014 – January 2015. The only question left is if you would buy them?