Have you ever lost your luggage? Personally, I haven’t, but a friend was travelling to South Africa and Air France lost his luggage during the connecting flights. The good news is that the airline finally managed to return his luggage to him, but it was weeks after he landed back home.
Losing your luggage is no fun at all, but while firms such as Trakdot have been trading in trackers for some time now, a fresh startup has taken to crowdfunding website, Indiegogo to produce what they say is the “world’s first smart, connected carry-on.”
The Bluesmart travel system is a small suitcase with bags of features. The system is priced at $235 or if you want to jump on board early, it could be as low as $195. For that price you’ll get a quick-access compartment for laptop storage, a proximity tracking device to alert you if you distance from your luggage, a lock that is TSA-approved, which is controlled from your smartphone. The luggage also has a built-in battery so you can charge up your gadgets. The bag’s handle has an integrated scale, which will inform you on your bag’s weight simply by lifting it off the ground. Packed with sensors, Bluesmart is looking to enable some intelligent features, like linking up with services such as TripIt and offering location alerts if your luggage unexpectedly gets re-routed during transit.
But these features are not sealed into the final product yet and negotiations will still have to be finalised. As with any crowdfunding campaign, it is all up in the air at the moment, but if you don’t mind potentially parting with your hard earned cash on something that could save you time, energy and effort in the future, you may potentially never have to worry about losing your suitcase ever again.
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