I’m sure you need to keep track of more than just keys or a backpack, so we made some DIY AirTag Accessories to help! Tired of losing your tape measure or remote control? We can help with that.
This project is pretty straightforward. Apple has come out with a device that allows you to pinpoint the location of an item. The AirTag is about the size of a clip-on button which allows it to be discretely hidden in common items. This is very similar to the Tile which is more square. Either way, I intend on finding some ways to make custom accessories so I quit losing important things. First, I’m going to battle losing my tape measure. Next, I want to retrofit my Amazon Fire TV remote with an AirTag. You can make custom solutions like this for literally anything, so think about the things you lose most often and go get them.
Josh and I discussed many attachment methods for the tape measure and the remote. He chose to 3d model both the AirTag and the lost items, which allowed him to 3d model some solutions. I chose a more hands-on approach. For the tape measure, I wanted to wrap it in a leather sleeve that could securely hold the AirTag. I use some super basic leather working tools to cut out a wrist watch shaped holder. After sewing on a little pouch, I secured the sleeve onto the tape measure using its own belt clip hardware.
As for the remote, I planned on securing the AirTag to the bottom. After looking further, I didn’t like the placement. Josh’s 3d model placed the AirTag in a pocket stuck on the end of the remote. Yes, I could have just printed out that design, but I wanted to replicate it out of wood. I mostly used some thin walnut veneers to match the remote’s curves and shaped a small block of wood into a pocket. Once glued up, I had to alter the remote’s battery cover by cutting off the back wall. This way, once the holder was glued to the cover, I could access the AirTag easily.
I know that a lot of people don’t use Apple products. This project isn’t necessarily about how awesome or terrible they are, it’s about making accessories that help you locate your frequently lost items. There are tons of aftermarket accessories for the AirTags or the Tile, but they don’t really cover specific use-cases like shop items or TV remotes. I hope this triggered some creativity and inspired you to figure out the best way to use technology in a more practical way.
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- Orbital Sander
- Pancake compressor/nail gun combo
- Dremel tool
- Grizzly 14″ Bandsaw
- Shop Fox Hanging Air Filter
- 2HP Dust Collector
- 1 Micron bag
- Speed square
- 11″ Digital protractor
- Digital Angle Gauge
- 90˚ corner clamp (4 pack)
- Box Cutters (for eva foam)
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