Chipolo has a brand new Bluetooth tracker it’s saying at CES 2022: the $35 Chipolo Card Spot, a brand new model of the corporate’s credit score card-shaped Spot tracker that makes use of Apple’s Discover My Bluetooth community for finding lacking objects.
The thought of a credit score card-shaped tracker on your pockets is nothing new, after all — both Chipolo and extra established opponents like Tile have been making them for years. However just like the Chipolo One Spot launched final 12 months, the Card Spot ditches Chipolo’s personal Bluetooth monitoring community in favor of assist for Apple’s Discover My mesh community, utilized by AirTags and different Apple gadgets.
Chipolo has been a smaller participant within the Bluetooth monitoring world for years, however it’s made its presence extra identified in latest months due to its fast assist for Apple’s Discover My community (the corporate truly introduced its One Spot tracker earlier than Apple’s AirTags have been formally revealed).
The Card Spot helps the standard Discover My function set, together with marking an merchandise as lacking with Apple’s Misplaced Mode and the just lately added iOS 15 function to “Notify When Left Behind” which, because the identify implies, notifies you routinely if you happen to go away your tracker (and the pockets that presumably comprises it) behind. Not like Apple’s AirTags, although, the Card Spot doesn’t have an ultra-wideband radio, that means that it received’t be capable to do the hyper-local monitoring that Apple’s first-party tags can do.
On the spec facet of issues, the Card Spot has an audible alert that reaches 105dB in quantity with a 200-foot vary, whereas measuring in at 0.09 inches thick (or about thrice as thick as a median bank card). The Card Spot additionally provides IPX5 water resistance, though the battery isn’t detachable. As an alternative, Chipolo says that every Card Spot ought to supply about two years of battery life, with a return program that lets prospects ship of their outdated tracker to be recycled in alternate for a 50 p.c off low cost code on a brand new one.
Preorders begin January 4th, with the primary Card Spots set to ship in February. Clients will be capable to buy the Card Spot for $35, in a discounted two-pack for $60, or a “Spot Bundle” of two One Spot trackers and one Card Spot tracker for $77.