Doro’s MemoryPlus key finder 

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Until I wasted over an hour looking for my car keys which, it turned out, had slipped down the side of the armchair, I thought that Doro’s MemoryPlus 335 Wireless Object Locator was just for those elderly people who are losing their memory. In fact, I have realised that there are many of us who could well make good use of it – for example where there is only one set of keys for the car that is shared around the family.

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The MemoryPlus consists of three key fobs and one credit card size (but thicker) sensors and a remote control size sender with four push-buttons, one for each sensor. The fobs are then each attached to a set of keys that has a habit of getting lost. Similarly the credit card sensor is placed in a handbag or rucksack. Despite what the makers claim for it, this sensor is far too thick to be slipped into a wallet.

A name, relating to each item, is then written in the appropriate field on the label on the rear of the sender. Then, in the event of mislaying one of the tagged items, it is only a matter of pressing the appropriate key on the sender to start the fob bleeping. The range is about 30ft which is adequate to locate the mislaid item. After all, one wouldn’t be able to hear a bleep if it was any further away.

A wall-mount holster for the sender is provided so that one always knows where to find it. But what happens if you mislay the sender? If not returned to this holster within about 20 seconds, the sender can be made to start sending out a series of beeps as a reminder which stop when it is replaced in the holster. Hence, the user will know where to find the sender at all times. I felt that it would be useful if these beeps, which were not very loud, had increased in volume to attract one’s attention so that it could not be ignored. Although this is a very important feature of the device it is not the default setting even though it is covered in the instructions.

It is a simple concept, neatly implemented. Consequently, the instructions are almost surplus to requirements. They are pictorial, show the small plastic tabs that have been inserted between the battery contacts and which must be removed to enable the MemoryPlus to start working as well as showing the battery types and how they are replaced. My only major complaint was that, even though illustrated in the instructions, it was far from easy to remove the cover of the key fobs to replace the batteries.

At about £45 it is not really an impulse buy. However, especially for the family who has an elderly relative or anyone else who frequently mislays keys or other items it will be seen as a boon and could well be justified.

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