Smart luggage roundup

Travelling smart is not only about using the right tricks and planning well.  Having the right equipment plays a big role.  But in today’s world, what is a smart piece of luggage?  Here’s our own roundup of some of the newest options out there.

Bluesmart

Bluesmart carry-onAfter a successful campaign on indiegogo, they started deliveries.  What does Bluesmart feature?  A lot! A sleek design, a battery to recharge your devices; a location tracker, accessible from your phone; A remote lock, also phone-controlled; A scale, yes, serious; An app with some extras.  It all looks quite nice though pricey.  Downsides?  In my humble opinion, an “emitting” self-powered suitcase might raise questions in these securitarian times.  Of course, experience only will tell how solid it actually is!  You have one?  Let us know how it’s like!

G-RO by Shalgi Design Studio

G-RO-Revolutionary-Carry-On-Luggage-02Possibly geekier than Bluesmart. And they raised close to 4 millions on indiegogo. Talk about high expectations! They offer several identical features but some are optional like the location tracker… differentiating idea? There’s a bonus tablet stand! And also a terrific design with special wheels.  However, it lacks the scale and phone-controlled features and it is, too, quite pricey if you want all the features.  Unfortunately, it might only be available late this year. Patience!

Trunkster

trunksterAnother suitcase packed with great ideas: scale, GPS, USB charger… But the real innovation here is that zipperless design. Stunning! Omnidirectional wheels and sturdy materials complete the offer. And it all comes for a very tantalizing price… Mmmh, I am already wondering how I could make a choice between these 3… and this article is not over!

Andiamo iQ

AndiamoIQWoooh! Global wi-fi hotspot? They have the “basics”: GPS, check; scale, check; good design, check; usb charger, check! And on top they added a wi-fi hotspot!  OK, it does not come with a global subscription service (should it?), you still need to buy a sim card locally. But it still is a great feature in my opinion!

Planet Traveler SpaceCase

spacecase
Could this be it? THE ultimate carry-on suitcase? Scale, charger, GPS… Mundane by now.  Fingerprint lock, proximity sensor… aha! Bluetooth speakerphone, nice.  Anything else?  A personal concierge! An app that gathers your trip details and related services such as hotels, cars.  Nice but other apps do that.  10 years global warranty?  Really serious stuff.  Take a picture of the damage and they ship the spare parts. They claim to be using a modular design that only needs a screwdriver… Clever!

Fugu

fuguFewer gimmicks perhaps, but high-tech nevertheless, and certainly smart! Fugu expands and even has shelves!  Should they mix their great idea with some of the gadgets already presented here?  I’d love to see that.  A USB charger for sure and perhaps a scale too.

Shelfpack

5_ShelfPack2On the same line, but this is not a carry-on.  Really, I love these designs.  How many times haven’t we been in a hotel room complaining about the lack of storage? Not a concern anymore!

My ideal luggage?

It is not having to walk around with any luggage of course! Come over to Brussels to enjoy it too!

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