Losing your luggage is no fun, but while companies like Trakdot have been selling trackers for some time, a startup is taking to Indiegogo to create what it calls the “world’s first smart, connected carry-on.” Bluesmart is a small suitcase with a host of features that its makers believe frequent travelers can’t live without. Priced at $235 (or as low as $195 for early adopters), it’ll include proximity tracking to alert you if you walk away from your luggage, a TSA-approved lock that’s controlled by your smartphone, and a built-in battery to charge your gadgets. There’s also a scale integrated into the handle that’ll tell you how much your bag weighs just by lifting it off the ground, and a quick-access compartment for storing your laptop.
With sensors abound, Bluesmart is hoping to enable some clever features, such as linking up with services like TripIt and offering location alerts if your bag gets unexpectedly re-routed in transit. Deals will have to be made to make these features work; for example, regarding location alerts the company says “as the network grows we will cover the whole planet.” As with any crowdfunding campaign, you should take Bluesmart’s promises with a pinch of salt, but if you don’t mind potentially losing your money, you could potentially never lose your suitcase again.