By Andrew Liszewski
Let’s face it, even after you’ve signed your life away with a 2 or 3-year contract, many high-end cellphones still aren’t cheap. So it only makes sense that you’d want to protect your investment. The nio from Tenbu Technologies is a bluetooth-equipped keychain-sized device that includes an alarm and a flashing LED. It connects to your cellphone (over bluetooth of course) and allows you to establish a “security zone” of up to 20 meters. When the distance between the nio and your phone is greater than the preset range, it assumes the phone has been nabbed or forgotten, and sounds the alarm.
The nio also appears to be highly configurable thanks to a mini-USB port and included software, even to the point of setting up specific times and dates when the alarm is activated. At around $57 it’s not outrageously expensive either, though according to their compatibility list, the nio isn’t iPhone friendly.