Last Monday (October 20th), a New York-based company, Bluesmart, hit Indiegogo to raise $50,000 for what’s considered the world’s “first” smart, connected carry-on suitcase. Within the first few days, its crowdfunding campaign raised well over its goal and is currently sitting at nearly $561,000 thanks to over 2,000 backers.
According to its campaign’s website, the company’s self-titled suitcase is high-quality carry-on that the user can control from their phone. Its size is 21.5” x 14” x 9,” which is a little less than most airline restrictions (22″ x 14″ x 9″).
Using its app, the user can lock and unlock; weigh it; track its location; and even be alerted if they are leaving it behind. The user cal also charge their phone six times over thanks to the suitcase’s built-in battery.
Explaining the creation of the product, the Bluesmart team stated, “After decades of no innovation in the luggage industry, we re-imagined the suitcase to solve all the problems of the modern traveler. No more luggage nightmares to spoil your trips. With Bluesmart you will travel smarter, and be the coolest kid in the airport.”
Bluesmarts key features include:
- Lock and unlock from your smartphone
- Built-in digital scale
- Built-in battery to recharge your devices
- Distance alerts
- Location tracking
- Handy access to electronic devices
It was also noted that Bluesmart Technology complies with all regulations by TSA, along with other international entities, and is easily exposed airport security controls. The team noted, “Let’s be honest, going through airport security sucks. So we made it extremely easy to access your electronics with a compartment at the front of the suitcase, especially designed to hold and protect your laptop and tablet. You’ll breeze through the controls like George Clooney in that movie.”
During a recent interview, co-founder of Bluesmart, Tomi Pierucci shared, “Finally, we can cut out the personal travel assistant, and conveniently pack it into your smartphone and carry-on luggage. We are confident moving forward to be at the very forefront of the technology travel market.”
The Bluesmart carry-on will cost around $450, but can be purchased for just $238 during its Indiegogo campaign, which is set to close on November 24th. The first units will be shipped to backers August 2015.
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