Find lost items using Bluetooth and an app through Galaxy SmartTags
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- Galaxy SmartTags are small tags that you can attach to your keys, remote, or other easily misplaced items to help you track them.
- You can use an app to search or ping SmartTags after they’ve been synced with your Galaxy smartphone.
- To locate a SmartTag with your phone, you’ll need to be within 130 yards of it.
There are a few things to be aware of when it comes to the new product. SmartTags, for one, connect to Samsung’s SmartThings Find service, which is already integrated into Samsung Galaxy phones. SmartThings is Samsung’s hub for smart home products. There are two distinct kinds of SmartTags, which can be misleading straight away (don’t worry, we’ll clarify later).
What exactly does it do?
The tag can be found using the SmartThings Find the app on your phone once it is set up and linked to your Samsung account.
Open the SmartThings Find app on your smartphone after you realize you’ve lost an item. After that, tap the Find card, choose the device you want to find, and wait for it to load.
Don’t fret if the tag isn’t close to you; it can still be found. Other Samsung devices that close the tag will anonymously find it and notify you of its location, all without the device’s owner doing anything. To maintain privacy, it’s done in the background and encrypted.
Differences between two Tags
You won’t be able to see a tag’s exact location by using the SmartThings Find an app to locate tags that are equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy, so you will be able to see an estimate of how far away or near it is. It’s the same device that allows you to stream music from your phone to wireless earbuds or use your phone as a key in a smart lock.
Your phone and the tag will communicate over ultrawideband and predict a more accurate position within a few inches. A UWB device can communicate by sending a series of short pulses and measuring how long it takes for one of the pulses to be received and answered by another UWB device. UWB is, in short, much more accurate than BLE.
More detail on the expected range gap between the two is required. Here we have a much more thorough description of precisely what UWB is, how and how it functions.
Availability of both Tags
What else should you be aware of?
Because of the additional features of UWB, you can use a dedicated augmented reality mode in the SmartThings Find an app to locate a tag’s position in the real world rather than relying on a gauge that fills in as you get closer to it.
With augmented reality, you’ll be able to hold up your phone to see exactly where the tag is by combining the camera on your phone with a graphic in the app to see the world around you.
The battery is supposed to last for months, although it’s unclear if it can be replaced. We’ve reached out to Samsung for more details, and we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.