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Gear Eye Review: The Ultimate Gear Tracking Solution?

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Have you heard about the gear tracking solution, Gear Eye?

It was initially introduced into the market as a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 or so. And now, that product has finally officially been released!

For today’s GearEye review, we’re going to take a closer look at what this product can do for you! We hope that, by the end, we would have helped you determine whether Gear Eye is something that you want to buy into or something that you want to pass on:

Never Lose a Piece of Gear Again

Gear Tracking from Jeff Hopper

Gear Tracking from Jeff Hopper

GearEye’s tagline is ‘Never Lose a Piece of Gear Again!’

Back when it had just been a crowdfunding campaign, many of those whose professional career required them to travel with valuable equipment backed the product’s launch.

And why wouldn’t they? Who wants to have to continue replacing equipment that they need for work — important equipment that, more likely than not, are incredibly expensive to replace?

In any case, GearEye offered itself up as a solution for this issue. But, what have they done to actually accomplish this? That’s what we’ll be talking about next:

The Creation of The Ultimate Smart Gear Management System!

Gear Management System - GearEye!

Gear Management System – GearEye!

According to the CEO of Gear Eye, Julia Lerner, GearEye went through several stages. This is probably most evident to the original backers of the GearEye crowdfunding campaigns, who might remember that there had been initial plans for a smartphone case that would work similarly to the GearEye dongle that they eventually ended up choosing not to create.

But, based on an interview that Julia Lerner had released regarding GearEye’s manufacturing process, there were many other details that they had to consider carefully to truly make GearEye the ultimate gear tracking solution that it is today. These include:

The GearEye Dongle

GearEye Dongle / Scanner!

GearEye Dongle / Scanner!

The GearEye Dongle is the compact RFID scanner that is included with the GearEye kit (although you can also purchase it separately!)

This device was made to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and wouldn’t be bothersome to bring along even if you’re only carrying the smallest messenger bag that you have.

Just to make it perfectly clear, the dongle serves as the focal point for all your equipment. This is what you will need to use in order to search for missing items later — it will work in conjunction with the app to determine how close or how far you are to a given item!

How Does GearEye Keep Track of All Your Equipment?

GearEye tracks items with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology.

If you want specific details, according to the GearEye FAQs page, they use different types based on your specific country’s regulations. These types are EPC Gen 2 and UHF 860-950 MHz band (ISO 18000-6C).

How to Use the GearEye Dongle?

The GearEye dongle shines the most when you’re tracking equipment under the “Locate” mode. As you can guess from the name, this is the mode that will allow you to track lost work equipment — with the dongle fully making use of RFID technology to look for the items that you’ve tagged with GearEye’s affordable RFID GearTags.

The GearEye RFID Tags

GearEye - RFID Tags!

GearEye – RFID Tags!

Next, let’s talk about the RFID tags that act as tracking devices for all of your essential gear. These RFID tags are perhaps better described as RFID stickers — they are thin and are easily attached to all of your expensive equipment.

Each of these tags comes equipped with RFID technology and will serve as the focal point for the dongle to start working — allowing you to easily track these individual items without worry!

How to Use the GearTags?

This part is fairly straightforward! As a ‘sticker’, all you need to do to use these GearTags is to remove the protective film away from the tag in order to stick it onto the surface of your gear.

Each tag was created with the highest quality adhesive. GearEye has made sure to consider the type of material that your gear may come in as well. This is why they created both regular tags that come with a powerful adhesive that works with most materials (i.e., not on metal items) and metal tags that were created to stick to metal items!

GearEye also offers their tags in several sizes so that you won’t have to worry about using awkwardly large or small stickers on your gear!

Why RFID Tags and Not Bluetooth Tags?

According to the CEO of GearEye, Julia Lerner, they decided to choose RFID stickers over the more commonly used BLE Tags (Bluetooth Tags) that most other trackers use because of several reasons:

  • RFID tags have a small and slim profile — which is easier to attach to smaller items.
  • RFID technology is also more accurate in comparison, allowing you to pinpoint the location of an item without trouble.
  • GearEye’s tags are also RFID UHF stickers, which mean that they are battery-free and will last forever — requiring no replacement.
  • The previous fact and the fact that RFID tags are also far cheaper — with the price difference being anywhere from $0.10 for each RFID sticker and $20-30 each for BLE tags — were also carefully taken into account.

In conclusion, the reason why GearEye chose RFID over BLE tags is that they are low cost (per item), have lasting power, and are generally just more convenient — allowing you to keep a truly impressive number of gear safe without worry.

The GearEye App!

GearEye - Starter & Pro Kit!

GearEye – Starter & Pro Kit!

The last aspect that we have to talk about is the GearEye app. This is the brain of the entire operation, making it, truly, the perfect solution for on-the-go professionals that are constantly losing gear!

As an important note: this app will work on both IOS and Android devices, so that’s not something that you have to worry about!

How Does the GearEye App Work?

We discussed this somewhat earlier when we were describing the “Locate” mode while we were talking about the dongle, but that’s actually just the beginning of what this app is capable of!

To be perfectly clear, there are three modes that you can use:

Scan Mode

In scan mode, keeping track of the gear that you’ve brought for today’s studio session or are preparing for next week’s beach shoot has never been easier!

It takes only a simple tap for you to scan for all the equipment that you need for a given gig. GearEye will scan the surrounding area for all your items and mark the ones that are not around with an “X” (of course, to make this easier, you also have the option of making customized lists with gig-specific groups of gear required for certain jobs!)

Track Mode

Track mode is perfect for a serial entrepreneur that is literally always on the move. All you have to do is give GearEye permission to run in the background to make this mode work! 

After which, it will begin to automatically track your gear — and, on the occasion where you leave something behind, the app will notify you of it immediately, allowing you to begin your search for the item before you can get too far.

Locate Mode

We’ve already mentioned this earlier, so we’ll spare you the details. But, with this mode, you can make use of your phone’s smart sensors (which will enhance GearEye’s scanning accuracy) in order to locate lost items!

The Best Complete Gear Management Solution? | Not Just a Safety Net!

So, what do you think? We personally expressed a lot of positive remarks in this article and we do seriously consider GearEye to be quite the game-changer, but your opinion on this product is entirely up to you!

All we can say is that we like the fact that it is a low-cost solution (with the retail price for the kit with several tags included much lower than most competitors.) We also like the fact that GearEye seems to have carefully considered many of the aspects during the entirety of their product development process. And, finally, we believe that, no matter what kind of work you do, you may be able to find use for it in the end!

From television to the internet platform, Jonathan switched his journey in digital media with Bigtime Daily. He served as a journalist for popular news channels and currently contributes his experience for Bigtime Daily by writing about the tech domain.

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Global Crypto Market Cap Threatens to Break Below Current 2022 Lows

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The global cryptocurrency market capitalization topped during the first half of November 2021, and since then it has been on a one-way ride towards the downside. With the entire market currently trading at approximately 35% below all-time highs, many traders are now wondering whether the sellers are already exhausted, meaning that an upward shift is due in the near future, or whether the bear market still has room to go. 

In such a challenging environment, trading or investing in crypto is tricky, making it difficult for traders/investors to time the market correctly, and spot key support/resistance areas on the chart. All of the variables that drove valuations higher between 2020-2021 (fiscal/monetary stimulus, weaker fiat currencies, and appetite for riskier assets) have reversed, leaving bulls stumbling for the exit. 

Bitcoin weakens below $40k 

Speaking of Bitcoin, the $38,000 area is regarded as key support, which might be one of the reasons why the price is still trading around it. The late-March 2022 rally failed to gather pace and now BTC finds itself trading close to the yearly lows. 

Things are not looking encouraging, not just because Bitcoin lost 40% from its peak, but also based on the market share. During broad crypto selling, the BTC market dominance increased in past cycles. It doesn’t seem to be the case now, as the figure has stabilized around 42% since mid-2021. Investors want to keep a diversified exposure even during a downturn, and this is a clear signal that Bitcoin’s safe-haven status is weakening. 

Major altcoins not showing signs of strength

Anyone who is just beginning to learn how to trade cryptocurrencies should know that this is an environment where caution is advised. Bitcoin aside, things are not looking very good for the altcoins sector as well. Based on the opening price at the beginning of 2022, Ethereum is down 24%, Binance Coin -26% and other tokens such as Solana are posting losses above 50%. 

There this might not be the time for buy and hold, considering that valuations might be even more attractive in the future. It is possible, however, to take advantage of what retail brokerages are offering in terms of crypto trading benefits. With derivatives based on cryptocurrencies, short-selling is a viable option, making it possible to take advantage of bearish conditions. 

Inflation and broad risk appetite

Rising inflation around the world set a chain of events in motion, and these events are clearly not in favor of crypto bulls. Central banks are forced to step in and normalize monetary policies in developed countries, for price increases to diminish towards their target of around 2%. 

Additionally, fiscal spending is taking a few steps back, as governments need to pay higher interest on new debt or refinancing operations. During a time of rising prices, private and institutional investors need to make concessions and prioritize spending. 

In such an environment, the interest in volatile assets such as crypto is very low, which explains the lack of momentum. For the time being, global capitalization is trading around $1.72 trillion and threatens to break below the 2022 low of $1.64 trillion. Until the global economy receives a new round of stimulus, there appears to be little hope for a strong bounce back to a bull run. 

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