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My Buddy Tag Overview
I have two “active” little girls…once they get used to their surroundings that is. As a result, It can be a challenge keeping up with their every move. It’s always nice to have an extra set of “eyes” on my kids for those times when they are able to evade my eyesight. That’s why I reached out to the folks at My Buddy Tag to test its proximity alert system.
Disclosure: I received the device featured in this post at no charge for review/giveaway purposes. I was not compensated All opinions in this post are my own…Suckas
My Buddy Tag consists of a small GPS and Bluetooth-enabled tag that can be used on its own inside a backpack, purse, briefcase, or luggage to help keep track of your valuables. I’m assuming the vision behind My Buddy Tag was to use it to help parents and guardians monitor their children’s wearabouts because the tag can be inserted in the company’s line of child-friendly wrist bands that kids can wear.
The magic happens when you pair the tag with the free My Buddy Tag iOS and Android app. This enables users to view the distance of a tag in relationship to the mobile app as well as receive alerts when a tag leaves your proximity.
I decided to take my kids to the park to do a little field testing. It was a nice day, and of course my kids couldn’t wait to get loose and attack the swings. One of the features I like the most is that you can pair multiple tags with the app. Pairing was as simple as making sure Bluetooth was enabled on my phone, and pressing the tiny button on the tag. My kids had two different color bands, and within the app, you can select a profile name and symbol to differentiate the different tags.
Now that I have my kids “low-jacked” I could also choose to get a push notification with audible alarm or vibration as well as an email with last know location on a map when my kids left my proximity. I can also adjust the range from near, to mid, to far before I receive an alert. Additionally, I can view the app and visually see the range of each of my kids.
Since my kids like to wear the bands all the time because reasons, another cool feature is I can set “known zones” so I am not constantly alerted when the leave my proximity. For example, I can set our home as a known zone so my phone isn’t buzzing off the hook when the kids are running around the house. If my kids do manage to lose sight of my location, they can press the button on their band and it will send a “panic” signal to my app.
There were some instances where the My Buddy Tag app on my phone had a hard time locating my kids. It wasn’t that the app failed to notify me when my kids left my proximity, it was that the app notified me too much. At times, it didn’t matter if I set one of the tag notifications to far, it would still buzz even if one of my kids never left my side. If my kids did leave my proximity, the notification was delayed. When I tested the system inside, it seemed to worked much better.
Overall, I wouldn’t depend on the My Buddy Tag as a replacement for constant supervision even if it worked perfectly in every situation. Instead, My Buddy Tag works best as an additional security blanket for when my kids do an excellent job at “hide and seek”
My Buddy Tag Giveaway
The nice folks over at My Buddy Tag have agreed to sponsor a giveaway. I have one extra Buddy Tag and wristband to giveaway to one lucky winner. Giveaway starts Midnight, February 19th ends on midnight, February 26th. The winner, picked at random, will be announced via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond. Follow giveaway contest entry instructions below. Good Luck!