It’s the second device with sensor technology from Sense’s IoT series, with its predecessor ThermoPeanut, a temperature based device. Similarly, as the name suggests, GuardPeanut is all about security and assurance for your belongings. So, without any further talking let’s start the review of this smart anti-theft alarm sensor.
Hands On ReviewI loved it, to be precise, I loved the idea of being too simple in this complex gadgetry age. The device is a small, lightweight pill of plastic, and as the name suggests, it’s ambiguously shaped like a peanut. No, it doesn’t function when you remove its shell. However, you’ll need to open up the device when replacing the button battery, CR2032. The company says that the battery would last for about, months on average usage.
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Wonder how the device works? Well, it simply tracks your movements and alerts you for any high sensitivity, but that’s it. All the controlling and tuning features are offered through the app which allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the movement and the alarm noises for the objects you’ve plugged the device insecure. It comes with a range of around 100 feet (30 m) with the support of Bluetooth 4.0+ and Android 4.3.
Setup is SimpleJust pull out the plastic from the GuardPeanut, install the official app on your device, it is available for both Android and iOS powered smartphones and search for a new device via Bluetooth. After discovery and pairing, you can name your GuardPeanut sensor, change the default color, and decide whether your phone would ring, or the GuardPeanut or both for sound alerts. There are advanced settings that prioritize the alarm sounds by levels of sensitivity, how quickly an alert is fired to the smartphone and modifying how obnoxious the alarm is.
Firstly, the device was tied up to my laptop bag and then with my bike key-chain for testing purposes. The situations were almost comparable to every being who forgets can key at random place. Sure enough, the default sensitivity level, the GuardPeanut started beeping with a notification on my phone as soon as I picked up the bag.
Since the market is flooded with hundreds of similar competitions for Bluetooth Trackers, companies like TrackR also offer crowd searching features, but the flipping feature of using it as a simple tracker with smart sensitivity features differentiates from the crowd.
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What am I not so sure about?The idea behind the execution here is appreciable but the company needs to expand its functionality in order to succeed but that doesn’t mean that it does nothing. If it would’ve been a little more priced, I would simply refuse it but the fact that it only costs few dollars, it’s a better option to protect your belongings.
SummaryAt $29, it’s can be more interesting to me as an IoT device rather than a simple tracker. The reassurance that my laptop would shout back whenever it’ll feel insecure makes it worth buying. The device has a 90 dB audio output and beeps extravagantly. Just make sure that you respond fast as the range would fall back.
Do share your thoughts and let me how much you’ve appreciated the idea of using an accelerometer for such purposes. Cheers!