World’s Dumbest Keychain

Stiktag offers a unique Keyring identification & recovery solution available to all Smart Phone & PC users around the world.

A new keychain? Why do I need a new keychain?

Did you know that over 2 million people report lost keys every year? Some statistics claim this number is actually more than triple that amount.  While 96% of these keys are found by the community, only 10% or less are recovered by their rightful owners.

Ok, so people are losing keys, and even when somebody finds the keys they don’t know who to return them to.

Got it.

So what’s the solution?

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… Wha?

So … the simple, cheap solution to let people know who your keys belong to is to attach your keys to a tag with an NFC chip in it that is also printed with a QR code, so that when Joe Public finds your lost keys he can scan it with his smartphone (after he downloads the right app) and then be redirected to a webpage that these people have set up on your behalf. Then the webpage will let Joe Public know your phone number so that he can call you and arrange to give your keys back to you!

Simple! (Not actually simple.)

Another Possible Solution

Obviously, this is a great idea, but I did a little brainstorming, and I think I may have come up with a comparable solution.
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Oh, I’m sorry. Am I thinking like an old man again?

Let me Internet that up for you.

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There we go! Perfect.

  • djnforce9

    A keychain that could broadcast its location to your smartphone on command much like “Find my iPhone” itself would be more practical too. It could possible help the police if your keys were stolen (unless the thief recognizes the device and deactivates it).

    • KickFailure

      Absolutely. Also good are those keychains that beep when you whistle.

      Unfortunately, That’s not even close to what this is. NFC has a range of about two inches.

      If your phone is within two inches of your lost keys, you’ve probably lost your phone too.

    • jay

      exactly, that’s a much better idea.

      That and my first thought was that if you did lose your keys, someone finds them, scans the code, and now (depending on what kind of info you include) has the ability to easily figure out where you live and can use your keys to break into your house. But I’m fairly paranoid and I feel the same way about a lot of “combination” products (ex. wallets/phone cases that also hold your keys).

      I actually have one of these keychain QR things – they already exist and are marketed for either (a) locating lost pets as a substitute for or addition to a microchip, or (b) medical/legal use. Like, mine takes you to my lengthy list of medications and medical conditions, in case I’m unconscious or unable to communicate – like a medic alert bracelet but for drug interactions. It also has the advantage of having the shortened URL printed right on it, so if you don’t have a QR scanner, you can just type the URL.

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  • Mario Dimovski

    Interesting comments. The smart’s are in the platform, not the keyring. The technologies the keyring uses are ( 3 most common in the market ) it is just used as a command to direct the user to the webpage that the owner has set ups, not we set it up??? Maybe you should use the system before you comment on something you have no idea about. And why do you need the “right app ” all Andriod phones have NFC and most smart phone users have a QRscanner or you can search the stiktag number. The Kickstarter campaign was a testing stage to get a feel on how the market responds, the main market for our product is the commercial sector that interest has been very rewarding. Maybe in future do some further reading or research on a topic before you attack a product. Take care

    • KickFailure

      SOME android phones have NFC.
      ZERO iPhones have NFC.

      Almost ZERO phones come with a QR scanner installed, and now that the initial fad has worn off, I would wager that only a minority of people install them.

      The MAJORITY of phones on the market are not smartphones and cannot read a QR code or a NFC chip.

      (Worse, internet usage among adults in USA is less than 90%. So there’s a one in ten chance that the key finder won’t even know what to do with the URL!)

      100% of phones are capable of calling a phone number.

      My solution seems to be a lot more universally compatible than StikTag, and it doesn’t necessitate giving money to a middle-man!

      • John

        Also this NFC blablabla make no sense when StickTag has NO APP available on Google Play! Sounds a BIG fail! I can build qrcode using online generator. Why do I need a ‘ smart platform’??? FAIL!

      • KickFailure

        (Of course, I wrote that comment before the iPhone 6 came out. It does have an NFC receiver, but for some reason iOS only lets you use it with ApplePay, So it still wouldn’t work with this keychain’s NFC chip.)

    • jay

      anybody who actually uses the phrase “Maybe you should use the system before you comment on something you have no idea about” is, sigh, (a) condescending and (b) wrong. (and (c) probably affiliated with the maker of the product but whatever)

      that’s totally not how this works – people are under no moral
      obligation to give someone money for their bad idea before they’re
      allowed to say it’s bad. I don’t have to spend money on a crappy product
      to know it’s crappy when the idea is flagrantly problematic, as
      explained very clearly in the original post.

      theoretically, if your idea is logically solid, you ought to be able to explain it in a way that people who aren’t active users can still understand how it works (assuming it does, and you’re not waffling, covering, or relying on pseudoscience) well enough to make a decision as to whether it’s something they’re actually interested in. the person who made this product either made a product that is not particularly useful, or they suck at explaining it, and either way, I think we’re all quite capable of knocking it before we’ve tried it

      (apologies to everyone else for the rant, this happens to be a pet peeve of mine.)

      • KickFailure

        Exactly!

        “Maybe you should give me money before you decide if giving me money is a good idea!”

      • Bingowazhisnaymo

        SO I did a bit of research on this shady looking Mario character. Turns out He is the owner and director of Sticktag. He has also had a string of companies in the Auto world (fixing plastic bumpers – see http://goo.gl/0af3hu) and “tech” industries. All of his companies have failed and left staff and investors out of pocket.

        His last company went broke and he left staff large amounts of unpaid wages and superannuation (equivalent to the 401k in the US).

        He’s also spent over a year trying to learn how to tweet and still has managed only two sentences on it (http://goo.gl/5Eznnz).

        Sure, I’ll send you some money to try out another of your bogus ideas!

        • KickFailure

          That’s some good research.

    • Zach Payne

      Bro, I worked for Best Buy Mobile for a time and I can tell you that:
      1) Not all Android phones have NFC
      2) Way, way more people than you think would look at you like you’re stupid if you asked them to open their QR scanning app.

  • skiss

    Is that a Medeco ‘classic’ key? Don’t see those too often, and you even blurred the tiny bit of bitting that made it into the image. Smart man!

    • KickFailure

      The big grey one?

      Well, I’m no locksmith, but it does say “Medeco” on it, and has a well-worn illustration of a old timey soldier. Perhaps a Continental soldier.