HTC Mini+ phone extension and Fetch security tag

htc mini plusRemember back at the start of the year when I reported on the HTC Mini, the companion device that connects to your smartphone and lets you take calls without exposing your flagship / oversized handset? Well, Engadget got to play with it, and Fetch.

The tech blog was invited to get a hands-on with the new HTC Mini+ and a Bluetooth tether designed to clip onto your key chain so you can keep tabs on your belongings, called Fetch.

If you recall, the Mini+ is a Bluetooth feature phone that you can use to save you using your smartphone while out and about.

As you’d imagine, with hardly any internals, the Mini+ hardly weighs anything – so at least that means carrying this extra uni means carrying an extra load. As exciting features go, the device also doubles as a presentation remote and even comes with a laser pointer.  You can even use the Mini+ as a remote trigger for the smartphone’s camera.

If you were disappointed that the One Mini lost out on the One‘s infra-red blaster, then you’ll be pleased to see that the Mini+ hands it back. I’ll give you a few seconds to read that last sentence over again as there’s a few Ones and Minis going on there.

You ok now? Good.

If you buddy the Mini+ with the One Mini, all you have to do is download  the companion app to the One Mini and you’ll be able to use the Mini+ as a remote control for your TV. While it’s been designed to work with the One Mini, the Butterfly S, Desire 200 and 500 models, the Bluetooth controls are industry standard, so it’s entirely possible that you’ll be able to use the basic call functions with any other smartphone.

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Fetch is an eraser-sized (and similarly light) black cube on a cord that clips to your keychain. Once paired to your smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) it will detect when it’s more than 15 meters away from its Bluetooth buddy it will start to complain until they are both brought back together.

This means that you’ll always be alerted if you’ve left your keys (or smartphone, as it works both ways) behind or if some ne’er-do-well is trying to make a getaway with either of them. Granted, if you’re daft enough to leave *both* your keys and phone available to be lifted then the alarms wont ring – it’s also proof that you don’t deserve either of them.

The unit will also geotag its location should it ever run out of charge, so you’ll know its last known location and can pull double duty as a camera shutter.

It’s not clear if Fetch will work with other Android smartphones.

Clove has got Fetch listed for £30 and did have the Mini+ listed for £55.

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