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Julie’s gadget diary – The great sneaker mystery

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We returned home from a one week epic road trip vacation at 1am Saturday morning. After some much needed sleep, Jeanne decided she wanted to unwind from the 1000+ mile trip with an afternoon of working in the garden. Yeah, I know, she’s weird. ;) While she was out sweating in the sun and dirt, I was inside in the air condition sipping on ice water and working on Gadgeteer reviews. Yeah I know, I’m the smart one. Around 6pm she drags herself into the house and we enjoy the rest of the evening. Sunday rolls around and she’s ready for another afternoon rototilling and planting vegetable seeds. She goes outside on the front porch to retrieve her sneakers which she had left by the front door the prior night because they were too dirty to bring inside. Problem is, there’s only one shoe. The other one is no where to be seen. She looks around the yard, no shoe. For the rest of the day she complains over and over again about the missing shoe. Then a light bulb goes off in my head and I pull out my trusty Macbook, point it to my Dropcam account and start looking through the automatically captured events. It didn’t take long till the mystery was solved. Well, partly…

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It’s easy to find events in your Dropcam timeline because they are marked with bars which you can hover over to watch a short clip of the detected event. I hovered over each event starting at the time she came in the house on Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. And then I found it…

If you watched the clip above, you can see “who” took Jeanne’s sneaker. Not sure where this rascal lives and where the shoe is at this moment, but the mystery is solved and a lesson was learned – don’t leave your sneakers on the front porch!

This is just another reason why I love my Dropcam Pro. Visit Dropcam for more info about their home security products.

Update 06/06/14:

Jeanne happened to see her missing sneaker last night as she was driving down our gravel road. The shoe is pretty dirty since we had a big storm a few days ago, but a quick cycle through the washing machine should fix that.

And everyone lived happily ever after. The End :)

{ 19 comments… add one }

  • Lynn June 2, 2014, 8:42 am

    That is awesome. Mystery solved! That dog sure looked happy to be grabbing that shoe. He looked like he was playing a great joke!

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 2, 2014, 9:09 am

    @Lynn The next step is to see if he got bored and dropped it down the road.

  • Sandee Cohen June 2, 2014, 9:25 am

    Well, there’s nothing else to do but leave the other one out there so he/she has a pair.

  • 1000Acres June 2, 2014, 9:28 am

    That dog was on a mission!

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 2, 2014, 9:35 am

    @Sandee that’s what I suggested. Jeanne didn’t think it was amusing. ;)

  • Andrew Baker June 2, 2014, 10:31 am

    Has Jeanne been using any all beef tallow foot lotion? Or maybe Bacon scented fabric softener for her socks?

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 2, 2014, 11:13 am

    @Andrew no comment… I don’t want to be in the dog house ;)

  • Pam T. June 2, 2014, 11:16 am

    Now we need GPS trackers on our shoes so we can hunt them down from the dogs that steal them! I sense a winner in that concept…

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 2, 2014, 11:26 am

    @Pam T. Ooooooh let’s make a Kickstarter campaign!

  • johnkes June 2, 2014, 4:41 pm

    I wonder if the Nike+iPod gadget has GPS? Those attach to the shoe?

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 2, 2014, 4:58 pm

    @johnkes My guess is no.

  • Ronald Gordon June 2, 2014, 11:46 pm

    That sneaker been et! Great video. ☺

  • chriszzz June 4, 2014, 5:19 am

    Now, please solve the great sock mystery!

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 4, 2014, 7:52 am

    @chriszzz there’s no solving that one!

  • Elizabeth Rodriguez June 4, 2014, 8:09 am

    Awesome! It WOULD be cool to have GPS built into the shoes… hmm…

  • Sandee Cohen June 4, 2014, 8:23 am

    @Elizabeth

    Actually there are sneakers with a GPS.

    http://www.gpsshoe.com/

    They’re being marketed for Alzheimer’s patients who might wander off.

  • Lex June 4, 2014, 2:54 pm

    This is an interesting discussion tread. That heel seems to be the sole perpetrator.

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 4, 2014, 2:59 pm

    @Lex clever :)

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 6, 2014, 11:51 am

    Update:

    Jeanne happened to see her missing shoe last night as she was driving down our gravel road. The shoe is pretty dirty since we had a big storm a few days ago, but a quick cycle through the washing machine should fix that.

    And everyone lived happily ever after. The End :)

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