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Brief Published: 12 Nov 2015

Bluesmart: Connected Luggage

Bluesmart connected suitcase

Bluesmart is an internet-connected carry-on suitcase that uses smart technology to make travelling simple and intuitive. It is an example of a new wave of intelligent products that are easing the lives of busy, on-the-go consumers – see Seamless Tech: Smart Home & Away for further examples.

The case features a digital lock that is controlled via a smartphone (similar to the smart locks featured in Super Security). Users can give access to people they trust, and it is Travel Sentry Approved (TSA), meaning that security staff are able to access the bag if required.

If the luggage is separated from the phone, it automatically locks to ensure the user's possessions are secure. This separation also triggers the proximity sensors to send an alert to the user's smartphone. They can then use a map to track its location, or receive a reminder of the last recorded location.

Preventing the surprise of overweight luggage, the bag features a built-in digital scale that can be operated by selecting the correct mode in the app and simply lifting the case by the handle. The front pocket is designed specifically for storing electronic devices, enabling easy access when going through airport security. It also features an integrated battery charger with enough power to charge a smartphone six times.

Alongside being used to control the suitcase's functions, the app can also be synced with a calendar or other travel services to keep track of travel habits, recording information such as airports visited, miles travelled or time spent in a country.

Bluesmart raised more than $2m on crowdfunding site Indiegogo last year and is now fulfilling pre-orders online. The company has also just announced a partnership with MoMa Design Store in New York – the first physical retailer to stock the suitcase.

For more on the integration of technology and travel, see Future Service: Transport Hubs.