Motorola launched a smartphone accessory called the Skip last year alongside the Moto X. The device, little more than an NFC tag designed to clip to your shirt, pants or purse, allowed users to bypass their phone's lock screen whenever it was within a certain range.
Call it lazy if you will but for the millions of people that access their phones dozens of times each day and don't want to fool with entering in a passcode, it made a lot of sense.
Since its release, Motorola has refined the concept and added a bit more functionality (and traded out NFC in favor of Bluetooth). The new Skip now has three major uses according to a user manual recently discovered within an FCC filing.
The key fob-like device is designed to be attached to your key ring. It works with a companion app on your smartphone for pairing. Once everything is set up, one can then use the phone to locate the Skip (either by audible beep or locating it on a map) - a handy feature if you tend to misplace your keys a lot.
Conversely, the Skip can be used in the opposite manner to help locate a misplaced phone. Simply double tap the Skip's power button to perform the task.
Motorola has essentially taken the functionality of Kickstarter success story Tile and implemented it into their own device.
Last but not least, the new Skip works much like the original in that it'll unlock your phone for you if you're within range of your keys. Motorola assumes that if you're within range of your keys then you must be in a safe operating area. If you leave your keys or phone behind, your phone will automatically reinstate the lock screen to keep your information safe.
No word yet on when Motorola plans to announce the new Skip but as Droid Life points out, it'll probably happen on or before September 4 - the day before the IFA trade show kicks off in Berlin.