There may be a solution to this predicament.
A technology startup called Walli Wearables took crowdfunding website Kickstarter by storm this week, raising over $70,000 in less than 48 hours for the company's smart wallet.
Walli, the Smart Wallet, connects to a user’s phone and sends a notification when the wallet is left behind, as well as the last known location. Walli also notifies users if a credit card (or even a cellphone) is left behind.
"Walli, the Smart Wallet, was developed to offer peace-of-mind to consumers by making lost wallets, credit cards and cell phones a thing of the past," said Tahsin Alim, CEO and Founder of Walli Wearables.
Walli is equipped with a patent-pending technology that monitors the wallet and notifies the user if a card slot has been empty for a certain period of time, and allows users to look up the wallet’s last-known location via accompanying smartphone app. The technology is compatible with iOS 7.0 (and higher) and Android 4.0 (and higher).
"We're integrating technology into everyday retail merchandise to create wearable products, and we're doing it like no one before. With our patent-pending 'SecurePocket' technology, we are taking the concept of the smart wallet to a whole new level. With Walli, users will not only know when they leave their wallet behind, they'll also know when they leave a card behind as well. We are so excited to be making this product available to the Kickstarter community and soon to the world,” said Alim.
The wallet incorporates a Texas Instruments Bluetooth LE SoC and a 90dB audible buzzer, can reach up to 100 feet customizable range, and supplies up to six months of battery life.
Walli, the Smart Wallet, is estimated to retail at $99 and comes in blue and teal, black and blue, or black and gray. Walli Travel, a travel-sized version, is expected to retail at $149, and the Walli Key Finder at $29. Currently there is special pricing available on the company’s Kickstarter campaign page, with shipping expected by July.