Motorola has unveiled Keylink, a small device that physically hooks onto a keychain and wireless pairs with an Android device or iPhone to keep tabs on both objects.
Like Tile, a successful Kickstarter that recently shipped, Keylink maintains a constant low-overhead connection to a smartphone through Bluetooth 4.0 LE and the Motorola Connect app. Through the app you’re able to locate your Keylink; through the Keylink, your phone. It works the distance of BLE, which is between 30 and 100 feet depending on interference.
The Keylink has a button on it that forces the connected phone to alarm, should it be lost or (in the nick of time) stolen. The replaceable coin cell battery lasts about a year.
For users running the new Moto X or a device with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Keylink can also double as a Smart Lock-enabled device, temporarily disabling lock screen security when in range. The Keylink announcement also coincides with Motorola’s first iOS app, Connect, which oversees Keylink controls. Basic functions require Android 4.3 or iOS 7.1 and higher.
While Keylink hasn’t been announced for Canadian markets, US citizens can order it starting today for $24.99.