Tile introduces a full new lineup of trackers to compete with Apple’s AirTags
There’s also an ultra-wideband version coming in early 2022 with AR tracking.
Tile just announced a refresh of its entire product stack, with new versions of the Tile Mate, Sticker, and Slim all going on sale today. The favored Bluetooth tracking company also released the Tile Pro, which is the most powerful tracker the company has created and comes with a replaceable battery so it’s more eco-friendly than the rest of the range.
The refreshed Sticker, Slim, and Mate all increase their finding range to 250 feet, have a louder ring than before, and Tile says the battery should last for about three years. They all feature a QR code on the back that can be scanned by anyone who finds your stuff, to get your contact details and hopefully return it to you.
All four of the new trackers have IP67 weatherproofing, which equates to a dunk in one meter of water for 30 minutes. The new Tile Pro extends the finding range to 400 feet, and the replaceable battery will last for about a year.
All of those are normal Bluetooth trackers, but Tile also mentioned that the Tile Ultra is in development, which uses Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth, to make finding your lost things even easier.
The UWB chip can transmit more data about its position to your phone, enabling a new Augmented Reality finding tool that shows directions to the new Ultra. That will be available early next year.
The company is also working on a safety feature that stops people from being able to abuse their trackers to snoop on someone’s movements. It’s called Scan and Secure, and it will let anyone use the Tile app to scan for unknown trackers near them, so they can disable them.
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