In the not-so-distant past, a ?connected luggage? means two suitcases linked by a strap. Now, it involves a smartphone and a bag with built-in electronic capabilities. It?s the 21st century, so Bluesmart, a Silicon Valley startup, promises to solve lost luggage and dead phone batteries by introducing a 21.5-inch, carry-on ?smart suitcase.?
Late last year, Bluesmart launched a campaign on popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo for a smart carry-on bag. The product claims to deliver an array of “kickass features” like location tracking, an automatic lock system, and an integrated weight sensor. “If you think about it, suitcases haven’t seen much innovation for several decades,” the Bluesmart team said.
The goal is to raise $50,00 to make it a reality but by the time the campaign was over, the company amassed over $2 million of funding for the high-tech luggage. People who participated in the funding program will receive the product on August 2015.
What it does
The Bluesmart ?connected? suitcase apparently knows how much it weighs, where it is, and who?s allowed to open it. Users need to install the Bluesmart app on their Android or iOS devices to enable the bag?s digital lock, no need for lock combinations or keys. It?s location tracking is handy in the event of theft or loss. Another cool feature is a built-in digital scale that works just by pulling on the handle.
Techy travelers may find this Bluesmart luggage as a worthy companion as it has a 10,000 mAh battery built into it for charging smartphones and tablet. It comes with a full-size USB port on top as well as a second charging interface inside. Wired.com noted that users can charge two devices simultaneously or keep their tablet or phone powered while the bag is stowed in the overhead compartment of a plane.
Its Bluetooth capabilities allow owners to lock and unlock their luggage via their smartphone. The best part about this feature is that proximity sensors furnished in the bag alerts users when they get separated from their luggage. It automatically locks itself and notifies the owner whenever someone attempts to open it.
The Bluesmart carry-on is slated to cost between $299 and $450. As expected, it will not come without competition. The New York Times reported that other companies such as Samsonite, Rimowa, Hontus, Andiamo, and even AT&T are busy working on similar products.
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