Although travelling’s great, it can also be a real hassle. Excess baggage charges, lost luggage and dead phone/tablet batteries are just some of the things that have the potential to ruin a trip. However, a team from New York aim to make travelling as hassle free as possible with a smart suitcase that can be locked, weighed and tracked from your phone, as well as keep your device charged and provide information on your trip.
Billed as the “world’s first smart, connected carry-on”, Bluesmart was launched on crowdfunding site Indigogo yesterday and reached its goal of $50,000 in only two hours.
The Bluesmart suitcase connects wirelessly to your phone via Bluetooth and syncs with a dedicated app to provide a range of information and features. To weigh your case simply pull up the handle of the suitcase to activate its inbuilt scale and the weight will be displayed on your phone. Proximity sensors detect when you, or rather your phone, are away from your case and lock it automatically. Tracking sensors also allow you to locate your luggage if it goes missing.
Another useful feature is an inbuilt battery with two USB ports and enough juice to charge up to six devices.
The suitcase measures 21.5” x 14” x 9 inches (54.6 x 35.6 x 22.9cm), which makes it suitable to use as carry on baggage, and weighs 8.5lbs (3.8kg).
Early backers were able to secure a Bluesmart case for $195 (£120) but those were snapped up quickly and they’re now going for $215. The team expects to start shipping in August 2015.
What do you think of the Bluesmart suitcase? Would you buy one?