When we think of smart devices, we think of them being able to do something cool that couldn’t be done by a similar, but not-so-smart one. Whenever it comes to luggage, bags, suitcases and briefcases in particular, they can be very smart, too – even more clever than you would have though.
The only big difference between smartphone/other smart devices and a smart luggage is that the latter comes in so many shapes and with so many different features that it’s hard to define it. From the bag that is connected to your phone to the one that weighs itself or has GPS included so that you don’t lose it, there’s a lot that technology has to offer.
Bluesmart – A Connected Luggage
The most popular at the moment is Bluesmart, a suitcase that comes with an app to connect it to your smartphone. Measuring 21.5in x 14in x 9 inches, this one is a little pricey, but it’s certainly worth the $235 that you’ll pay for it.
As a summary, Bluesmart comes with a built-in scale that allows for the bag to weigh itself to see if it meets the necessary requirements. It also locks all by itself if the sensors determine a larger distance than usual between you and the bag.
Whenever someone else tries to open it, this one will send you an alert via the phone. In case you ever lose the luggage, it’s easy enough to actually track it and find it within a few minutes. Apart from this, the suitcase has a battery charger for your phone, and the tool works with iOS as well as Android. Having been funded on IndieGoGo, you can read as much as you want about its features over here.
Briefcase and Electric Scooter – 2 in 1
Did you ever dream of flying to your destination and having a scooter wait for you at the door? Coolpeds, an American company selling different interesting peds, also entered the market with a suitcase that can turn into a scooter.
Therefore, the whole thing including the bag itself weighs 7.9 kilos and is equipped with smart lithium batteries. Apart from that, for as little as $600, you get the whole thing and take advantage of speeds that reach 20km per hour.
If you want to be eco-friendly, too, you can buy the one that comes with solar panels for $100 more. This way, you won’t need batteries to recharge anymore. The impressive auto-bag can be purchased from this website using PayPal or any type of credit card you may have.
NeXstep and the Portable Chair
Some of you might not want a scooter, but just a chair to get some rest on. With a luggage called NeXstep, travelers won’t have to worry about finding a place to sit down when they get to the airport, at a busy bus station or when they reached their destination.
Created by the Chicago-based guy who thought about those of us who get tired easily, this one comes in various sizes. The price also differs depending on how big you want it to be, but it fluctuates between $225 and $335.
This idea also raised funds on KickStarter before becoming a reality. It now has a website of its own and is supported by many partners out there. It isn’t even complicated to turn it from one thing into the other, and you won’t need any app or special help to do that.
Robot or Suitcase?
The next suitcase we take a look at is the one named Hop. As you can gather from the Youtube video above, this bag lets people walk without having to carry their luggage all the time. Using Bluetooth technology, Hop comes along wherever you go.
If you ever stop walking and have to run – to catch a flight, for example – the bag is going to lock itself so that no one can have access to what’s in there. You can get familiar with the way it works by checking out this website, too.
Phorce for Your Tablet or Laptop
If you’re not looking for a bag to use for traveling, carrying clothes, shoes, food and other goods, you can also take a look at options for tablets. Phorce is a great bag that can also fit your laptop and comes with an integrated Power USB that lets you keep your device charged.
There are two options here – the Freedom and the PRO one. The first one is a small and slim one that serves to charge smaller devices like smartphones, MP3 players, tablets, cameras, headphones and many others. It also comes with 2 USB ports and a total of 15,000 mAh battery power.
If you want something a little bigger and stronger, you can get the PRO version. While the previous one only costs $211, this one is $649 for a PC and $699 for your Mac device. Having 3 different ports this time, the bag also reaches 26,000 mAh in terms of power.
Pluggage – A Little Bit of Everything
If you’re not sure what exactly you want your bag to do or you’re looking for something that no other luggage out there seems to offer, Pluggage might be an option. This is a smartphone application that lets you choose precisely what features you want the bag to come with.
The ones that are normally included anyway are weather forecast and check lock, but also inside speaker and trip info. Having an instant battery recharge and keeping all the information about your trip handy, this bag is more than just a smart luggage – it’s a travel companion.
The app is free to use and can be installed on most mobile devices, but you will have to purchase the bag itself via their web page. By voting for certain features that other proposed or coming up with your own ideas, you can get an improved tool – just the way you want it.
Bag2Go – A Bag to Come
The last one in the list is a bag that is still about to enter the market. While its creators are looking to raise the necessary funds via KickStarter, you can still read about it pretty much all over the internet. This one is being designed by a German manufacturer called Rimowa, but if you didn’t hear about them, there’s nothing to worry about.
We are sure that you heard about Airbus, though, and the good news is that this bag and its app are being designed in collaboration with Airbus. To sum up, this one is going to track your luggage from the original airport to the final destination, to make sure you don’t lose it. The same tool will also tell you where the bag is, in case anything goes wrong.