How does it work? Pixie works in the same way as a metal detector or the popular kid’s game Pokémon. You log into the app and a screen will tell you about how far the lost item is and a directional arrow to follow. Once in range, the app will show a 3D image of yourself as you scan the phone around the room and then dings when it’s in the right spot. It’s audio plus visual at finding locations of your lost item. Sounds good right?
- Can’t find your phone because the battery’s dead? Any other device you have the app on can find your phone even with the battery dead. Pixie works best if attached to your mobile phone.
- The Pixie points can talk to each other which gives better location accuracy,
- 50 feet indoors and 100 feet outdoors in range,
- Battery life of 1 year and a 1 year warranty,
- It’s really small and looks like a guitar pick,
- It comes with a special Pixie case that holds the tag on your phone without adhesive,
- It only works when you turn on the app to look for something you lost,
- Has a last place seen map to narrow the search.
- It comes with 2 tags but one (the sender) gets attached to your phone, if you want to add more Pixie’s you need to buy at least a 4 pack,
- No replaceable batteries,
- Only available for iOS users not Android,
- You can’t really use your own phone case, even though it’s small, it’s thick and wouldn’t fit inside most,
- No GPS, once it’s out of range, it’s gone unless the would-be-robber stays within 100 feet.
Amazon.com reviews had a few of the same complaints and it now holds a 3.5 star rating over all the different sized packs with the most complaints coming from users who bought a 2 pack thinking they could track two items when in fact one is a sender and extra ones are receivers.
Of all the key finders on the market, this one raised my eyebrows. Its Bluetooth enabled and works similarly to the rest but Pixie is interactive and manages to somehow be both futuristic and archaic at the same time.
Overall, this is a pretty cool gadget, but until it can add some of the features others have and cut the price, it’s a little gimmicky for me.
GPS, global positioning system, is the new wave of navigating, and motorcycle GPS is no exception. It works by receiving radio signals from a series of satellites that are positioned in orbit around the globe. For GPS to work you need to be in a position where you can pick up radio signals from different satellites. Early GPS had limited capability because they could only give positions in latitude and longitude. The modern GPS systems have been advanced to become a total motorcycle navigation solution. They have been combined with a modern mapping which gives a visual display of your location. A good GPS is preloaded with maps and points of interest such as nearest fuel stop, accommodation or food stop. With the right extras, it will even tell you in real time where the traffic jams are and how to ride around them. Basically, the position plotted by the GPS can be overlaid onto a digital map to show the GPS user.
There are different factors to consider when finding the best motorcycle GPS.
Mounting position: The system can be mounted to your bike’s brake or clutch bracket. It should have mounting options such as longer bolts or handlebar.
Sound: You should be able to hear your system if you can’t see the screen. Advanced GPS come with Bluetooth headset which works with Bluetooth enabled helmet, so the rider doesn’t need to take his eyes off the road.
Ruggedness: Motorcycle GPS should be tougher. It should survive a drop off of your bike, water resistant and handle bike’s vibration.
Usability and Lighting: Look for a system that is easy to use and operable by the right or left hand with gloves on. Avoid system that uses outdated software. For optimum viewing, it should have some shield for the screen.
You can also consider the quality of the units in your price range and the features you need. Customer reviews are also important to check.
Different motorcycle GPS are readily available in the market. TomTom, Magellan, and Garmin all make good units. TomTom is the cheapest with few drawbacks. Its routes are less accurate and tend to be less intuitive. Magellan is an accurate unit with a modern receiver. Recently some of its units were pulled off the market due to persistent bugs. Garmin is the best overall. However, its price is high compared to Magellan and TomTom. It is well made, dependable and easy menus to figure out. Its only drawback is the price but if you can afford extra cash, you will probably go for a Garmin.