The world is obsessed with all kinds of gizmos and gadgets, which explains why something as simple as a keychain has gotten a digital facelift over the years. Nowadays, keychains are capable of extraordinary feats, not limited to charging our phones, connecting to Bluetooth, and even changing the TV channel.
What are some examples of tech keychains? Where did they come from and what’s in store for the future? Let’s dive into everything you need to know about keychains in the digital age!
A Brief History of Keychains
Keychains have been part of history since ancient civilizations carried lucky stones and rabbit feet on twine. Of course, things have significantly changed since those long ago times.
The keychain, as we recognize it today, made its debut as a souvenir for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Only a year later, famous singer Frederick J. Loudin added an updated fastener, and it was official – keychains were here to stay!
Although it was already making a name for itself, the keychain really catapulted to stardom in the 1950s. Car manufacturers were including one with every purchase and materials like metal and plastic were in abundance. This meant keychains could be created in unique shapes and designs that had never been available before. From that point on, these little trinkets became mainstays at souvenir shops, company trade shows, and in personal collections around the world.
Even as technology advances, the keychain has never lost its appeal. It’s no wonder why digital options have become the natural next step in this incredible product’s evolution!
When Was the Tamagotchi® Invented?
In 1996, toy company Bandai invented and released the world’s first Tamagotchi® in Japan. The idea came from 30-year-old Aki Maita, an employee who initially did clerical work for the company. Within the next year, her virtual pets had moved overseas into Europe and the United States where the demand was astronomical, so much so that people were camping outside of stores overnight to get their hands on one.
Tamagotchi® catapulted to stardom during its first year of release in the United States. McDonald’s stores all over the country were offering them as Happy Meal toys, and Bandai got into the licensing game with popular Disney and Pokémon characters. All this extra marketing contributed greatly to the toy’s success, leading to over 80 million sold by the end of the decade!
Today, keychains are more advanced than ever before! Take a look at some incredible tech-savvy options that are currently on the market.
Mini Digital Camera
If your phone is running out of storage space, consider adding a real digital camera to your keyring! This model holds up to 60 photos.
Check your tires with a portable gauge. This cool keychain connects to your tire, reading the pressure like any trusted mechanic.
Remote Control Finder
Nothing is worse than losing the TV remote. This genius keychain can be paired with most major models to help you find your controller with ease!
Game on! This retro keychain plugs into your TV with RCA jacks, allowing you to play classic 80s games like Space Invaders and Pac-Man for hours on end.
It looks like your average car or house key, but this nifty device is compatible with most PCs and Macs and stores your important documents.
Car Key Finder
While this keychain may look simple, it actually pairs your keys via Bluetooth to your phone. An alert goes off if your car keys are out of a certain range, making it impossible for you to lose them.
Who needs the morning news when your keychain can tell you the weather forecast? This nifty device tracks temperature and will let you know whether to expect rain or snow.
LED Key Light
Find loose change and more under your car seats with this helpful LED light. It’s a lot better than lugging around a heavy flashlight.
If you get lost all the time, this is the keychain for you! This device stores up to three locations and guides you back to them if you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Are you tired of watching terrible reality shows? Discreetly change the channel with this fully functional remote controller.
Your next work presentation will be the talk of the office with a cool laser pointer. At the very least, it’s a great way to mess with your cat at home.
At the end of the day, technology is designed to make our lives a little bit easier. Cool keychains like the ones pictured here make that happen, all from the convenience of your keyring.
How to Use High Tech Keychains in Your Advertising
Digital keychains are great for more than just storing photos and finding the remote. Many people also turn to them when it comes to advertising their event or business. Why? They’re extremely affordable, stylish, and useful to have on hand.
Take for example a high school in Des Moines, Iowa that used flashlight keychains to promote their automotive technology program. These keychains were the perfect choice as the program targets grades 10 through 12, an age group obsessed with technology. Not to mention, the flashlight is useful when it comes to doing oil changes, fixing brakes, and handling all other repairs.
Techy keychains are sure to win over the crowd at any event. Just add your name and contact information and you can advertise with any of these awesome giveaways!
What’s in Store for the Future?
Maybe in a few years we’ll be using a digital keychain to power our flying cars! In the meantime, it’s exciting to see what technology will accomplish next. We’re in an era where everything’s compact, portable, and easy to fit in our pockets. It only makes sense to fuse technology with an item as accessible as a keychain.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’re using your keychain to take care of a virtual pet, check the weather forecast, or promote your business, technology has made these little trinkets more useful than ever before. It’s well worth adding as many as you can to your keyring!
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