Apple’s Find My technology is making its way into more products, including a Targus backpack. The Cypress Hero backpack has a built-in location tracker that can help its rightful owner locate it via the Find My network if it goes missing. Conversely, if you’ve lost your iPhone, you can press a button on the backpack to ping your phone, as long as you’ve got things set up in the Targus app.
Targus says the tracker is “highly integrated” into the backpack, which should provide some extra protection against theft. You can set geofencing alerts, so if the backpack leaves a certain area, you will receive a warning. The tracker also has a built-in audio alert (which will likely be as loud as an AirTag) that you can activate remotely.
The tracker has a replaceable battery that you can charge via USB, although Targus says it will last about a year before you need to recharge it. Targus designed the backpack with sustainability in mind, as it is made from 26 recycled water bottles. The Cypress Hero backpack, which has an IPX3 water resistance rating, should be available sometime in the spring or summer. It costs $150.
Additionally, Targus announced the DOCK720, a docking station that supports a single 8K monitor or up to four 4K monitors. The company says it’s the “first biometric device and docking solution in one” — in other words, it has a fingerprint reader. You can also expect a range of ports including USB-A, USB-C, Ethernet, HDMI and a combo audio jack. The dock will be available this month for $443.
The Targus Docking Display is a 24-inch 1080p LCD monitor with a built-in 2MP webcam, microphone, speakers and a USB-C docking station. You can loop it through to a second monitor and power both displays from your computer. The Docking Display will ship in February. The primary monitor costs $400 and the secondary monitor (which does not have a webcam) costs $180.
In addition, Targus is expanding its range of antimicrobial products, now including backpacks, shoulder bags and protective covers for laptops. The company claims that its DefenseGuard antimicrobial protection effectively prevents the growth of 99.9% of germ-causing microorganisms.
It will also release the UV-C LED disinfection light next month after its debut at CES 2021. For five minutes per hour, the $300 device will bathe a surface (or, more likely, a keyboard and mouse) in ultraviolet light to effectively disinfect. kill 99 percent of pathogens.
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