Monday, October 26, 2009

THIS is Kind of Interesting, Though...

Also courtesy of Gizmodo...

If you are a touring performer, at some point or another, you are going to lose gear. Whether you absent-mindedly leave your audio interface in a venue or, as happened to me many years ago, your band's entire U-Haul trailer gets swiped, if you play any amount of live shows, you're probably going to have some gear go missing.

The Insignia Little Buddy is a device designed to put somewhere on the person of your child to keep track of them, especially, one presumes, if they were kidnapped. I think this is an idea waiting to be adapted for musicians, however. The current model is a bit bulky for this purpose, but imagine if it came in an ultra-thin "sticker" form. You could open up each piece of gear, attach the sticker/GPS transmitter to the inner lid of said gear, and in the event that it got stolen or forgotten in a hotel room somewhere, you could look up its location instantly.

I've heard rumors of similar products for musicians, but nothing that really seemed ready for prime time yet. I'm telling you, though, the company that puts this in sticker form and offers a cheap monitoring charge is going to make a lot of money.

5 comments:

nosneb said...

I was just thinking earlier today about the time a bunch of your equipment was stolen. That must have been before the Defiance tour.. or thereabout?

Btw, I really, really enjoy "Collapse." Take care!

mangadrive said...

Wonder how legal this is. I mean you see obvious criminals walk away due to circumstance in some cases. I just wonder if you say 'hai this guy has my synth and I can prove it', if its some kinda actual right for the police kick his door in so you can get it back. Just seems like every time I see a brilliant idea like this, it ends up a violation of homeland security type-garbage.

rayzr said...

I would like a similar device built into my Steinberg dongle, that thing is very valuable and I've had times where I sharted myself just imagining it going missing.

Tom said...

Or they could follow Apple's lead and drop the dongle entirely.

Joshua said...

It'd be great if Steinberg dropped the dongle - however I don't think it'll happen anytime soon since they recently bought Syncrosoft...*sigh*