Apple’s Find My technology is making its way into more products, including the Targus backpack. The Cypress Hero Backpack has a built-in location tracker that can help its rightful owner find it through the Find My network if it gets lost. Conversely, if you misplace your iPhone, you can press a button on the backpack to test your phone’s connection, as long as you’ve set things up in the Targus app.
Targus says the tracker is “very compact” in the backpack, which should provide some extra protection against theft. You can set up geofence alerts, so if your backpack moves outside a certain area, you’ll receive an alert. The tracker also has a built-in audio alert (which is likely as loud as an AirTag) that you can trigger remotely.
The tracker has a replaceable battery that you can charge up via USB, although Targus says it will last about a year before you need to recharge it. Targus made the backpack with sustainability in mind, as it’s made from 26 recycled water bottles. The Cypress Hero Backpack, which has an IPX3 rating for water resistance, should be available sometime in the spring or summer. It costs $150.
Furthermore, Targus announced the DOCK720, a docking station that supports one 8K display or up to four 4K displays. The company says it’s “the first biometric device and docking solution in one device” — in other words, it has a fingerprint reader. You can expect a range of ports as well, including USB-A, USB-C, Ethernet, HDMI, and an audio combo jack. The Dock will be available this month for $443.
The Targus Docking Display, meanwhile, is a 24-inch 1080p LCD monitor with a built-in 2-megapixel webcam, microphone, speakers, and a USB-C docking station. You can hook it up to a second monitor and run both monitors from your computer. Docking Display will be shipped in February. The primary monitor costs $400, while the secondary monitor (which doesn’t have a webcam) costs $180.
In addition, Targus is expanding its lineup of antimicrobial products, which now includes backpacks, shoulder bags and protective sleeves for laptops. The company claims that its DefenseGuard Antimicrobial Protection effectively inhibits the growth of 99.9% of germ-causing microorganisms.
It will also release a UV-C LED disinfection light next month after its debut at CES 2021. For five minutes every hour, it will bathe the $300 device (or, more likely, keyboard and mouse) in UV light to effectively kill 99 percent of pathogens.
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