USB Drive finds lost parents

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Gadgets, That's Entertainment

Recently, I wrote about the USB Amber Alert kit which uses a USB flash drive to store vital information about your child, in case they are lost or kidnapped. Here's another use for these inexpensive drives that you might find interesting. Tim Fehlman, who writes the Daily Cup of Tech, loves his USB drives. In fact, as he wrote last fall, his "entire life is on that USB drive."

Naturally, with so much important data on such a tiny device, Tim was worried about losing it. So he developed the Lost Drive application. Should he lose his drive, anyone who finds it and plugs it into a computer will be greeted with a message telling them who it belongs to and how to return it.

So while this is all very cool, what exactly does this have to do with us as parents? Well, one of Tim's readers came up with a new way to make use of this nifty application. He and his wife were planning to take their three- and five-year-old sons to Disneyland. Being active boys, Erik knew there was a chance that the one of the boys might get separated from them in the park, so he took precautions.

Erik picked up three cheap, low-capacity USB drives and put the Lost Drive application on it. The program allows the user to include a custom message; Erik put his cellphone number and a secret phrase. Sure enough, his younger son wandered off and ended up in the hands of security. The guard put the USB stick in his computer and was presented with the boy's name, Erik's cellphone number, a secret phrase, and his favorite treat (to help calm him).

The guard called Erik who showed up with his USB drive containing the matching secret phrase. He was able to collect his son, complete with M&M's smeared on his face. I love finding new and creative uses for technology and I love happy endings. Congratulations to Erik for his smart idea and thanks to Tim for developing and sharing his program!

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.