Some objects are precious to us. Not that they cost a lot, but they may carry a good memory, have some sentimental value or more simply, be essential to our day to day life — keychain, credit card, phone, handbag, but also, baby’s comforter, luggage or coat.
We have all experienced the troubles of having lost one of our belonging and their impact on our day to day life, either because of the costs incurred or the additional administrative burden.
Sometime, we also find a forgotten garment, a key or even a laptop on public transportation. We would like to help, but have no way to get in touch with their owner.
Having experienced those situations, and being convinced that the human being is good by nature and is willing to help, we set up a system which would allow people finding lost items to easily get in touch with their owner.
The main idea — which is not new in itself — is to mark the objects with an ID which allows people finding them to get in touch with the owner. The novelty is to use an ID which is an internet address (URL), and which is easily recognizable as such.
Outlined, the specificities of the service are:
Cheap, with an annual registration fee of €5. The idea is to be able to pay for hosting and development, but not more.
Everybody can choose the URL they think will be easily reckoned or understood by the person who will find the lost item.
Thus in English spoken country, one would probably use
lost.re. In France,
rendre.frwould be more appropriate whereas
kwijt.nuwould be used in Netherlands. The domain
hooz.itis also available.
We do not provide labels to put on your belongings. It is indeed difficult to design label suitable for all possible use. You can use whatever mean to mark your objects.
On the technical side, the website is written in Python with the help of the Web2py framework. It is hosted on Google App Engine.