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BeSpoon is one of the only companies in the world to offer indoor precision location technology for consumer applications. The key to the company’s time saving devices? Transmitter-receiver chips installed directly on the items users wish to locate.
BeSpoon, founded in 2010 by two entrepreneurs with extensive track records in the mobile phone industry, has formed a joint lab with Leti. BeSpoon’s objective?
To benefit from Leti’s location-system know-how and develop an ultra-wideband (500 MHz to 1 GHz) transmitterreceiver chip compatible with smartphone electronics. The joint lab has filed several patents to protect its innovations. In BeSpoon’s devices, a chip integrated into a smartphone communicates with chips on objects to be located, like a laptop computer, handbag, car keys, or a child’s favorite stuffed toy.
The system uses travelling time to determine the location of the object to within a few centimeters’ accuracy, both indoors and out, within a range of up to several hundred meters. The fact that location capabilities have been successfully integrated onto just a few millimeters of silicon will open the door to a broad range of consumer applications. Smartphone and internet box manufacturers— always on the lookout for ways to provide new services—have already expressed interest.
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