Late last year, Tile CEO CJ Prober accused Apple of becoming a runaway monopoly with the release of AirTags, saying Apple had restricted Tile’s access to Apple’s Find My app. This year, rival company Chipolo announced a wallet finder that works exclusively with Apple’s Find My app. The sleek, dark Card Spot is designed to slide in your wallet against your bank cards. In addition to Lost Mode, it also has a new “Notify When Left Behind” feature in iOS 15.
Tile does not take this news for granted. This year, it announced that Lenovo’s new Thinkpad X1 line will be available via Tile, following the 2020 announcement that HP would introduce new PC devices that also incorporated Tile’s thing location technology. That raises the question: What do you need more, your wallet or your phone? And do you need to find your stuff in this reality, or an extended one? Time will tell.-Adrienne looked
Withings is planning a full body scan
When I first tested Amazon Halo, a fitness tracker that uses digital whole-body scans to determine your body fat percentage, the concept seemed alarmingly invasive. However, it may be that we all see ourselves in much more detail faster than you think. Withings makes some of our favorite stylish and user-friendly health equipment. At CES 2022, it unveiled Body Scan, a piece of attractively tempered glass that monitors biomarkers like your heart rate, vascular health and (ahem) “segmental body composition.”
Body Scan is a glass platform with four weight sensors and 14 ITO electrodes and a handle with four stainless steel electrodes. The battery lasts for one year per. charging and displays your statistics on a high-resolution 3.2-inch LCD color screen. In addition to accurate, granular fat / water analysis of all your favorite limbs, Body Scan also measures your sweat gland function to see if your nerves are functioning properly, as well as heart health. If you want one soon, it may take a while.
Withings stands out among healthcare companies for applying for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration instead of simply selling equipment that is subject to disclaimers. If you’re going for a full body scan, it might as well be from a company you can trust that makes equipment that looks good. –Adrienne looked
OLED (“organic light emitting diode”) display technology allows perfect black levels; because each pixel on the screen acts as its own backlight, these pixels do not emit light at all when they display a black tone. That is why an increasing number of advanced TVs and mobile phones have these advanced screens every year. One thing I’ve been waiting for is tiny, super-low-power OLED screens for wearables and other devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP have successfully created them.
These tiny little new OLED screens could herald a whole new look for consumer electronics in the future with more interactive buttons, instructions and various other features that lack the backlight associated with current screens of that size. As I write this, I’m staring at a sound mixer that has a traditional LED backlit screen, knowing how much sharper this technology could make it look when the light goes out. Here we are hoping for commercial applications soon. –Parker Hall
A backpack you can not lose
Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature has been around for a while, helping owners locate misplaced or stolen phones using GPS to show their location. Targus brings the technology to its latest Cypress Hero backpack. You can now use the Find My app to locate the exact location of the backpack – and if you lose your iPhone, you can also press a button inside the backpack to ping it.