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Finding peace

Don’t lose sight of the things you love with Vodafone’s new Smart tracker

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According to a survey of 3,000 adults conducted by British insurance firm Esure back in 2014, the average person mislays nine items daily – nearly 3,300 items per year. Over an average 60 years of adult life, that adds up to almost 200,000 items going astray, with around 3,680 hours wasted trying to find them again. In Chicago alone, 120,000 phones are lost yearly, just in the back of taxi cabs. Constantly replacing stuff is wasteful, massively inconvenie­nt and environmen­tally disrespect­ful, while the loss of personal possession­s can be painful, upsetting and expensive. So Vodafone’s Curve, a Smart GPS tracker device that can be attached to valuables and can even help people keep in touch with children and dogs, could prove to be a sound investment. Connected by the brand’s Smart SIM and managed via its Smart App, the Curve differs from more standard Bluetooth-only devices by employing four different location technologi­es (GPS, Wi-fi, cellular and Bluetooth) to provide a more reliable connection and tracking process. A new tracking device, designed specifical­ly for bicycles, will be launched by Vodafone later this year. To explore the concept of positive materialis­m, the dislocatin­g emotions connected with loss and the unalloyed joy of rediscover­y, Vodafone and Wallpaper* have teamed up to produce a new podcast series, Found: Objects with

Meaning. Hosted by Wallpaper* technology editor Jonathan Bell, the series includes conversati­ons with designers Yves Behar and Nipa Doshi, fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic, musician Nile Rodgers, ex-pro cyclist David Millar, and artist Polly Morgan.

Find the series at Wallpaper.com

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