Among the latest technologies to come on the market in the past few years, we’ve been seeing a lot of talk about tiny tracking devices. The manufacturers of devices like TrackR advertise them as easy ways to keep track of your belongings. For example, you could attach one of these devices to your keys so that you’ll be able to find them no matter where you put them down. With this kind of device, the age-old question of, “Honey, where’s the remote?” could be answered in seconds.
However, there are other things to consider when looking at a device like this. These are very small devices. In fact, they really have to be small and lightweight if they’re going to be effective. After all, would you ever consider putting a giant, heavy piece of cumbersome tech on your phone just because it’ll help you keep better track of it? And most people want their keys to fit in their pockets and purses without weighing them down.
As a result, manufacturers of devices like TrackR, Retrievor, and others have created tracking devices that are no larger than a quarter. You can easily attach one to your keys, wallet, or phone without adding a lot of bulk, and that’s great… But what about attaching one of these devices to a person?
Tracking Made Easy with Tiny GPS Devices
Law enforcement already uses GPS trackers to keep track of people who are under house arrest. Now, with technology like this, you could potentially do the same, or someone else could do it to you. Consider how often you find change in your pockets or in your purse. You don’t even notice it because it’s small and commonplace. What if someone wanted to keep track of where you go and what you do every day?
If they can get close to you once, they can slip a tracking device onto your person and potentially follow you digitally wherever you go, for as long as the device is working. Of course, they would have to place it in such a way that you wouldn’t shed the tracker as soon as you got home, but this is still an interesting and somewhat frightening concept.
Until recently, you could rest assured that at least these GPS trackers would eventually stop functioning when their batteries died. However, Retrievor claims to have made the first self-charging GPS tracker on the market. Thus, if they placed the tracker on your vehicle, in your briefcase, in your purse, or in some other place where it could remain undiscovered for a period of time, they could potentially track you indefinitely.
Keeping Track of Your Kids and Loved Ones
While the concept of someone tracking you without your knowledge is somewhat worrisome, we can at least rest assured that these devices are large enough to detect fairly easily. At the same time, there are some ways to use them that could potentially enhance your safety.
Consider that you could put one in or on your child’s backpack when they go to school. Then you’ll know where they are at all times of the day, even when you cannot be there. Likewise, you could carry one with you when you travel for work so that your spouse will know where you are in case of an emergency.
Small GPS trackers are simultaneously exciting and a little bit frightening. When used appropriately, they can be convenient and may even enhance your safety. When used by the wrong people, though, they put you in a dangerous situation. What do you think of these GPS tracking devices?