For the past week, I have been reviewing a hipKey, an iOS accessory that helps keep track of valuables (e.g., keys, a purse, or possibly a child). This crescent-shaped dongle (available exclusively at the online Apple Store for $89.95) is paired via Bluetooth to a free iOS app on an iPhone (models 4S and 5) or iPad (3rd generation, 4th generation, and Mini).
Upon opening the box, I clearly saw the meticulous attention to detail that this Denmark-based company, hippih, put into its design. The package definitely belongs in the Apple universe, as every part of the device fits into a perfectly sculpted portion of the box. The construction of the hipKey also did not disappoint with a solid composition consisting of an aluminum ring surrounded by two, plastic “sidewalls.” The device is approximately the size of an Eisenhower silver dollar with a small bite removed. The top features a point of attachment for a keychain/strap and two buttons (i.e., power button and “Find Me” mode button). Also, the box includes a micro-USB cable, key hanger, and quick start guide.
The Bluetooth setup with the app was exceptionally simple and worked within seconds. The app’s streamlined settings permit easy switching between the three main modes: “Alarm,” “Child,” and “Motion” with a jog dial surrounding a center, virtual button for the final “Find Me” mode. “Alarm” mode allows you to set a safe zone (i.e., an area where the alarm will not sound, such as work or home) and a distance (i.e., short: 2-5 meters, medium: 15-20 meters, and long: 30-50 meters) that, when crossed, will also sound the alarm. “Child” mode allows one to store a photo of the child to aid if lost, and this mode only allows one to change previously mentioned alarm distances. “Motion” mode enables the alarm when either the hipKey or iPhone/iPad are physically disturbed. Lastly, “Find Me” mode is activated by a button press in the iOS app or on the hipKey and always triggers an audible alarm to aid in locating the corresponding device.
The hipKey’s alarm was capable of 90 dB (i.e., analogous to a lawnmower according to HowStuffWorks.com) at its loudest setting and, from personal experience, both are noticeable and motivating to locate the missing object quickly. Additionally, the battery life has been impressive. I have repeatedly tested the alarms for extended durations over the past week, yet, the battery meter still reads full. According to the Apple Store’s website, the hipKey can last from two to four weeks between charges. While my previous experience with some smart device accessories have been more hype than substance, this has not been my experience with the hipKey, a device that has quickly become essential to my daily routine of locating my iPhone.
I highly recommend the hipKey and rate it 5 out of 5 stars.