Apple has patented the use of ultra wideband (UWB) technology to recognise when you approach your automobile, unlock its doors, and control when you can start it. Apple via the United States Patent and Trademark Office/CNET Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 5G are examples of wireless standards. Now it’s time to learn another acronym: UWB (ultra wideband). Currently, the technology allows you to pinpoint the location of phones and tracking tags, which can aid in the recovery of a misplaced keychain, pocketbook, wallet, or pet. Automatically unlocking your car or home as you approach is one of the technology’s potential applications. Tile’s new Ultra tracking tag, an Android-compatible alternative to Apple’s $29 AirTag trackers, is built on this technology.
Tile announced the Ultra tag on Tuesday, saying it’ll ship in early 2022 but not revealing a price. Google’s new Android 12 smartphone software supports UWB, and Google said it’s been cooperating with Tile on the technology. Samsung’s SmartTag Plus also uses UWB and works with some Samsung phones but not iPhones. Get the CNET TVs, Streaming and Audio newsletter Become a home entertainment expert with our handpicked tips, reviews and deals. Delivered Wednesdays.
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