Solar-powered things are getting huge popularity to people in these days. We have found another mind-blowing “solar-powered …” news. Lately, a group, consisting of some of the best brains in the business, has brought Retrievor, a tiny solar-powered GPS device through which you can track almost everything.
Retrievor weights 12 gram and measures 28 mm (diameter) x 10 mm (height). The device needs Nano SIM card to work. It comes with a 3.7V 120mAh lithium ion battery and 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz frequency. There’s a micro USB port for charging the batteries conventionally. Retrievor can operate in between -40°C to +85°C temperature. Most importantly, it is waterproof (when submerged no more than 3 meters). It can track anything with accuracy within 1.5 – 3 meters both indoor and outdoor. Retrievor trackers are powered by tiny solar panels and can be set to very low power usage.
After placing Retrievor in a bag or attaching it to a keychain, users can track the device using a web browser, or via an Android or iPhone app. Besides, this GPS receiver can also be used to track pets, children and hikers.
The Retrievor tracking and mapping app’s are initially available in English, German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish and Italian but after the first year of production, designers will incorporate more languages. Here’s a video showing the working process of Retrievor.
Retrievor regularly costs $299, but users have to pay extra $1.79 as monthly subscription fee. Right now, Retrievor makers are trying to gather $80,000 via the popular crowdfunding source Indiegogo by November 14, 2013 (11:59pm PT). As of writing, they have gathered $30,783.
If you wish to support the team without pre-ordering the device, you can do that by contributing $25 and in return, you’ll receive a special T-Shirt for Christmas. For more, hit the link below.