The Bluesmart carryon is actively seeking funding on indiegogo, although it’s already raised more than 650% of its funding goal with 33 days left in the funding period. This piece of luggage connects to your smartphone via an app and tells you all about itself and your travel – and it charges your devices, too. It’s made of three layers of polycarbonate, so it’s damage-resistant and lightweight, and it has waterproof zippers to help protect its contents. It has four spinner wheels for easy moving, and it has a anodized aluminum telescoping handle. There’s a special locking pocket on the front to protect your mobile devices while still keeping them within easy reach for security checkpoints. It even has a built-in battery with two USB ports for charging your devices.
When connected to the app, the Bluesmart can tell you how much it weighs, so you won’t get hit with overweight baggage fees. It will alert you when you’ve moved too far away, and it has proximity alerts, a last recorded location location, and a “heat” map to let you track down the bag. It has a lock that you set from the app, and it will automatically lock if you move too far away. (Bluesmart says the “Bluesmart Travel Sentry® Approved Lock will be accepted by the TSA.”) Bluesmart also says the app will show “real-time reports with trends and data from your trips, including miles traveled, airports visited, time per country, and more.” They also say they will be developing apps for smart watch users, too.
The early adopter pledges are already claimed, but you can still pledge $235 for a Bluesmart suitcase (retail price will be $450 or higher). Estimated delivery is August 2015.