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[News] LYNQ: Location Tracking Even When Cell Phones Fail

2018-06-06 07:02:38
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Hi, Mi Fans!
If you’ve ever been hiking, or gone to a music festival or state fair, you know how easy it is to lose track of your friends. If you've ever tried to find your friends at these places, you know how terrible cell phones can be at tracking them down. Even if you could hear what they're saying over the noisy crowd, you'd still have a lot of a time trying to figure out just which tree they're next to, or exactly what kind of red t-shirt they're wearing. Apps like Find My Friends or Google Maps won't do much good in this scenario either. Lynq is a gadget that fixes this problem with an ultra-simple premise: it simply tells you how far and in what direction your friends are, no data connection required.

What is it?
The palm-sized device is as simple as can be: there’s only one button, and the sole purpose of Lynq is to show the distance and direction of other people in your group via a tiny circular screen. No pins on a map, no coordinates, no turn-by-turn directions. Just a vector accurate to within a couple of feet that works anywhere outdoors. The little blob that points in their direction moves around as quick as a compass and gets smaller as they get farther away, broadening out to a full circle as you get within a few feet.
How does it Work?
The peanut-shaped device uses a combination of GPS and kinetic positioning to tell where you are and where any linked Lynqs are, and on the screen, all you see is: Ellie, 240 feet that way. It uses long-range, low-power frequencies to connect to other Lynq devices and GPS for location, so no phones or Wi-Fi are needed. Lynq says it uses a custom antenna and users will have a closed, private network dedicated to the group.

On the face of the device is an e-Ink screen, which consumes far less battery than a traditional LCD. It only has one button, with which you either quick or long press in order to navigate through the menu. LynQ says this is to keep the device simple, but it does mean it had to be creative when designing a way to enter in names without a traditional alphanumeric keyboard. To do so, you'd essentially rotate the device around, using the accelerometer to align the arrow with your chosen letter. Press the button to select, and repeat.

  • Up to 3 miles  (5km) range; no need for phones, connectivity, maps, infrastructure.
  • Battery life of up to 3 days of mixed use.
  • It can be charged via micro USB.
  • Up to 12 devices can link together, and each one can be assigned a name.
  • It is also waterproof with an IPX7 rating.

How to Operate?
When ready to go, it'll show you your friend's name, their distance in kilometres, miles or number of feet and then a darkened line that acts as the arrow. The arrow will move in the direction of your friend, and the closer you get to them, the wider that arrow will get. The single button switches between people you’re tracking and activates the device’s few features.

  • Lynq is the only technology that provides peer-to-peer, real-time, location without phones or connectivity - working when nothing else will.
  • In addition to letting you know where your friends are, you can also use the LynQ to send canned messages, like "Stay there" or "Come to me."
  • If you're within a certain distance of someone, you can set it so that it sends a message like "Hey I'm near you" or "Hey I'm looking for you."
  • You can create a “home” location that linked devices can point toward, and also set a safe zone (a radius from your device) that warns you if the other one leaves it.

  • The device could also be used for taking care of grandparents with dementia, or with special needs kids. It could help caregivers keep track of children with autism.
  • But one particular interesting use case is with search and rescue or disaster relief. The US Pacific Command used LynQ devices in a 2017 joint exercise with the Thai government to see if it would help them recover wounded soldiers. And according to tests, it reduced the time spent by 61 percent.

It’s a great little device and super intuitive to operate. It's totally accurate and responsive even when the screen is off, it’s always receiving the data. Lynq could be a great help not just with outdoor group trips, but also for parents wanting to keep track of kids and pets, people travelling to remote areas, and friends at festivals (who often deal with minimal reception and directions to meet like “I’m in the middle of the crowd”).

Check out the LYNQ in Action:

Sources: 1,2

So, Mi Fans, do you like this device? In my opinion, it’s great for outdoor activities with friends, but think about how helpful it could be for tracking kids or pets, for rescue workers! Please drop your opinions in the comments section below!


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meetgour | from Redmi Note 5 Pro


Interesting Gadget!!
2018-06-06 07:07:16


Sam_crazy | from Redmi Note 4


supercool gadget indeed. Well Explained
2018-06-06 07:31:34

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Solver13 | from Redmi Note 4


Awesome Gadget! Thanks For Sharing:-)
2018-06-06 08:02:14

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Amagiri Hayato | from Redmi Note 5 Pro


Nice information
2018-06-06 08:10:57

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Purna Pradhan | from MI MAX


nice gadget.....
2018-06-06 09:26:35
Nice gadget wonderful
2018-06-06 09:45:20

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Sridhar.S | from Redmi Note 3


thanks for sharing
2018-06-06 09:57:48

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apodartho1 | from Redmi Note 5 Pro


cool gadget
2018-06-06 10:11:50

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very heavy gadget
2018-06-06 10:21:19

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vivek agarwal | from Redmi Note 3


pls release it....
2018-06-06 10:33:19
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