Cobra’s PhoneTag links valuables
LAS VEGAS — Cobra’s Bluetooth tagging system, which links a smart phone to its user or other valuables, will make its debut here at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
The Cobra PhoneTag, powered by Phone Halo Technology, is a two-way alarm and loss-prevention device that links the Android, BlackBerry or iPhone smart phone to its owner or his or her valuables.
By downloading the PhoneTag application to one’s smart phone and attaching the PhoneTag device to an item that that needs protection (e.g., keys, purse, computer bag), the software monitors the distance between the phone and tagged items with a GPS location recording. If the items become separated, users are alerted immediately.
"Cobra PhoneTag tracks and connects any personal valuable to the Internet by harnessing the power of Bluetooth-enabled smart phones," said Sally Washlow, SVP marketing and sales for Cobra Electronics.
"The PhoneTag smartphone software application provides user definable customization and control."
Meijer donates semi-tractors to support Midwest communities
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer last week announced its donation of 35 reconditioned semi-tractors to local food banks, academic organizations and law enforcement throughout the Midwest.
The donation is part of the chain’s ongoing commitment to support the communities it serves, the company said.
In total, 14 food banks and food rescue organizations will receive the donations, with each receiving two trucks. The remaining trucks were donated to the Michigan State Police and several academic institutions, including Oakland Community College, Kent Career Technical Center and Ferris State University.
Meijer’s EVP supply chain operations and manufacturing Rick Keyes said the company is "proud to be able to provide this level of support for organizations that do such important work."
Duracell’s Smart Power Lab gives light to those in need
BETHEL, Conn. — Duracell is taking its mobile Smart Power Lab tour to the next level.
After collecting human-generated power to light the 2011 numerals during the New Year’s Eve ball drop ceremony in New York’s Times Square for the third year in a row, the battery brand said it is taking the tour to cities across the country that have been affected by natural disasters. The Smart Power Lab will be deployed to provide power relief and also will provide a place for members of the affected community to recharge, reconnect and recover, Duracell said.
"The next phase of our journey will … provide [users] with power and tools they need to reconnect with loved ones and start the recovery process," said Bob Jacobs, Duracell marketing director, North America.