The new tracker will work with Samsung Galaxy devices that are equipped with UWB technology


The Galaxy SmartTag+ is equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy and ultra-wideband technology. (Credit: SAMSUNG)

Samsung Electronics is set to officially launch Galaxy SmartTag+ next week to help find misplaced items using augmented reality (AR) technology.

Equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, Galaxy SmartTag+ can provide the precise location of items, claimed the company.

Using a smartphone camera, the new tracker from Samsung Electronics can visually guide users towards where the missing items are located.

Galaxy SmartTag+ is the latest iteration of the Bluetooth-only Galaxy SmartTag.

The new tracker has been designed to be attached to daily use items such as a backpack or keychain. This enables the misplaced items to be located precisely and easily through the SmartThings Find service on a compatible Galaxy device.

According to Samsung Electronics, the Bluetooth range of its new tracker is up to 120m without obstruction.

For activating Galaxy SmartTag+, an initial setup is required on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone operating on Android 8.0 or higher, with RAM of 2GB or more, and opt-in for location tracking via the SmartThings Find service of the SmartThings app.

The Galaxy devices that are presently compatible with the new tracker are Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy Z Fold2, which are all equipped with UWB technology.

Samsung Electronics mobile communications business Mobile R&D Office EVP and head KJ Kim said: “UWB is a true game-changer, making it possible to lock onto the position of an object with much greater precision.

“That’s why we’re continuing to expand UWB throughout the Galaxy ecosystem, finding new ways to leverage this technology to help make people’s everyday lives easier and more convenient.”

The AR Finder feature of the SmartThings Find service provides an easy-to-follow interface, which shows how far away the user is from the Galaxy SmartTag+. It points the direction of the tag’s location, while giving an option to have it generate a loud ring when the user gets closer to it.