ANKR: Peace of Mind About Your Camera Bag for $25

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I just installed an ANKR in my camera bag. Over the past 10 years Iíve had this reoccurring dream about my camera gear and my backpack being stolen. Iíve actually had two cameras stolen over the years, unfortunately.

When you use your camera every day like I do, itís a hazard to have to deal with. My friend Trey Ratcliff was jacked of his camera bag earlier this year. So I was very pleased to learn about ANKR.

ANKR is a new product that allows you to track the geolocation of your gear. The ANKR itself is super small, not much thicker than a quarter. I hid mine in a hidden area of my backpack and now if my backpack is ever stolen or if I leave it somewhere I can go to the ANKR app on my iPhone and find itís geolocation. It boggles my mind why somebody did not come out with such a helpful and useful tool 5 years ago.

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Although Iím sure an ANKR is not foolproof, itís at least a first line of defense against your gear being taken or stolen. I frequently walk around with over $10,000 worth of gear in my backpack and I would just be crushed if I lost it. $25 seems like a very small price to pay for peace of mind.

Setting up ANKR was super easy. I turned the ANKR on, downloaded the ANKR app and it found it right away. It created a ďsafe zoneĒ so that I will never get an alert if my camera bag is at home (you can set up more safe zones as well), but if Iím out and about and become separated from my bag Iíll get an alert. I can also see on a map exactly where my bag was when we were separated which might be helpful for me to recover it.

ANKR is a wonderful new tool to help combat theft. I have a feeling Iím going to be purchasing a few more of these. I think Iíd like to attach one to my camera strap itself, in case my camera is out of the bag and stolen. I can see lots of other applications for this tech as well (kids, car keys, car, wallet, luggage, etc.). Hopefully the more tech like this is used, the less successful thieves will be with stealing stuff.


Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated that you can track the ANKR on a map. The map shows where the ANKR was last found.


About the author: Thomas Hawk is a photographer and blogger based in San Francisco. Visit his website here and his Flickr photostream here. This article was also published here.

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