Imagine being able to call for help without actually having your phone in your hand — or how about controlling your phone from the palm of your hand, even if your Android or iOS device is stowed away in
your pocket or purse?

These and other wonders are becoming a reality, thanks to
a new technology coming out of Bangalore, India, called Gecko. The Gecko technology is a Bluetooth-connected, accelerometer-based, quarter-sized “chip” that
makes your smartphone smarter. It contains a TI CC2541 SoC, removable coin cell
battery (enough to power the device for a year), a buzzer, and an LED light. 

With Gecko, you can:

  • Control your device with gestures
    a. Turn to the left
    b. Turn to the right
    c. Shake once
    d. Shake twice
  • Track items
  • Take photos/video without holding your phone
  • Control music
  • Send your current location
  • Make emergency calls
  • Record voice
  • Get alerts

This technology is a sort two-way street, because you can use the “chip” to control your phone
with gestures and you can track the chip with your phone (say, for
instance, that you want to know when your mother has taken her meds by tracking the
opening and closing of her medicine cabinet).

You can trigger, secure, remind, track, locate… the list
goes on and on. But the importance of Gecko isn’t limited to tracking your mother’s health-habits. Imagine being able to get an instant notification on your smartphone when someone walks into your building. If you frequently
travel on business, stick a Gecko tag in your wallet, laptop case, or purse
to keep it from disappearing while you’re on the go. Gecko can track
anything within a 100-foot range, so you’re not limited to keeping tabs
on those things within your grasp.

And with the Gecko community, you can declare an item as
lost. Even if that item is out of the 100-foot range, you can invite
friends to download the app and locate your item. If your device — whatever it is — has a Gecko on it, your own community of friends,
employees, and clients can help you locate it.

Gecko is still in the development phase, but has been
thoroughly tested with the current feature set. It’s ready for mass production
and has exceeded its funding goal on indiegogo. However, you can still contribute until November 2, 2013. This technology definitely has potential. Keep your eyes peeled to see more things like this emerge in the upcoming year.