Apple's Find My feature has made its way to yet another device, as accessory maker Targus has announced its new Cypress Hero EcoSmart backpack. Due to be showcased at the CES 2022 starting tomorrow, the backpack comes with built-in support for Apple's Find My app and will make its way to the United States sometime by summer this year.
The new backpack by Targus comes as the latest third party accessory to make use of Apple's Find My network. Apple had announced the Find My network accessory program back in April last year, allowing developers to integrate the functionality into their products. At the time, Apple had also listed some of the Find My-supported third party products that were already under development, including e-bikes, earbuds, backpacks and other items. With Targus' Cypress Hero, we now see the commitment unfolding.
For those unaware, Apple's Find My functionality helps Apple users locate supporting devices such as AirPods, AirTag and all other Apple products. Built on this, Apple had introduced its AirTag last year, a small location transmitting chip that can be attached to any object you might want to keep a track of.
However, Targus says that the Find My support within its backpack is "highly integrated", such that the built-in tracker proves to be much better than simply placing an AirTag on the bag. The tracker cannot be removed and can be recharged through a USB port. There is even a replaceable battery for the tracker that comes with the bag.
A report by MacRumors points out that the Cypress Hero backpack may also support precision finding. The feature within the Find My app helps direct users to the lost item, with the exact location and direction. This means that your iPhone will give audio, visual as well as haptic cues to point out exactly where your bag is at any moment.
This, when you are within its Bluetooth range. Though the Find My network, in its entirety, can work for any given distance between you and your backpack. If any iPhone in an area catches the Bluetooth signals from the backpack, it will transmit its location to the owner through the Find My network.
Interestingly, the Cypress Hero Backpack works the other way round too. In case you have your backpack but can't find your iPhone, you can simply press a button in the backpack to ping your phone. This sends an alert to the phone, initiating an audio and vibrational response.
As for its carrying capacity, the new backpack by Targus comes with several compartments and pockets, with the biggest one being able to hold a 16-inch MacBook Pro. Constructed from 26 recycled plastic water bottles, the Targus backpack is a CES 2022 Innovation Awards honoree and is expected to go on sale in the US for a suggested price of $149.99.
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