Whereas Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S21 sequence smartphones will be the star of at present’s Galaxy Unpacked 2021 occasion, it isn’t the one one. The South Korean firm additionally launched an attention-grabbing Bluetooth-based sensible tracker throughout at present’s Galaxy Unpacked 2021.
The brand new Bluetooth-based trackers are based mostly on Bluetooth expertise and Extremely Wideband (UWB) connectivity, as a substitute of the previous LTE-based tracker. The brand new monitoring tech will allow you to search for objects with an accuracy of lower than 10 inches.
The primary distinction between the SmartTag which (will retail for $29.99) and the SmartTag+ is that the SmartTag+ (which can launch later this yr) comes with UWB whereas the SmartTag doesn’t. It can solely work with Galaxy units.
This UWB expertise, which can also be anticipated to characteristic on Apple’s rumoured AirTags later this yr, affords “spatial consciousness” or the power of a tool to grasp the objects round it. The tech is already constructed into Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 and can finally be used for helpful purposes like pointing your gadget at somebody and sending them a file.
UWB works on the identical precept as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, utilizing radio waves at a excessive frequency – sending billions of pulses, one each two nanoseconds, that are picked up by a receiver that may make sense of it for the consumer. The draw back is that it could possibly solely be used over brief distances, however a bonus of utilizing UWB expertise is which you could scan a room for an object after which precisely uncover its location.
The tracker will hook up with your units utilizing Samsung SmartThings and communications between them and your telephones might be end-to-end encrypted. The devicesports a punch-sized gap so you possibly can slip a twine or keychain via it, and even tie it to your backpack. Samsung will promote the gadget in Black, Oatmeal, Denim Blue, and Mint color variants, in packs of two and 4.