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13.08.2015

This summer disconnect from work, not from mobile technology

Image | Bluesmart

Passport? Check. Hotel address? Check. Travel guide? Check. Suitcase? Where is my suitcase? Every year hundreds of passengers lose their luggage on international flights, luggage that for the most fortunate usually makes an appearance one or two days later, but for others, it can take more than a week or not appear at all.

The fear of losing your suitcase is a feeling that accompanies every traveller every year, especially during busy periods at ports, airports and train and bus stations. However now, thanks to technology, there are solutions that enable the user to control the situation of their luggage at all times.

Bluesmart is the world’s first connected suitcase. Invented and developed in 2013 by a group of friends from South America, Asia and the United States all with a similar affection for technology, travelling and design, this solution has led to a great revolution called Indiegogo, a platform which has raised 2 million dollars in funding thanks to contributions from more than 8,500 people in 109 countries.

Over the years, suitcases have changed. In the 21st century, all suitcases are now lighter, more secure and have compartments optimised for storing all types of belongings in the most effective way. However, until Bluesmart burst onto the market, it was impossible to say that the sector had experienced a true evolution. Invented in Silicon Valley, this suitcase has a digital padlock, a battery charger for mobile devices, digital scales so there is no more having to weigh the suitcase to check it meets aerospace regulations, and even a special compartment for electronic devices. But the most important aspect of the suitcase is the technology it is equipped with; after synchronising it with a Smartphone, the traveller can know where their luggage is at all times and can receive alerts on their Smartphone when the suitcase is in transit. The network of Bluesmart sensors enables a heat map to be created, which makes it possible for the alerts to be sent.

But that is not all. The suitcase is also capable of providing real-time reports by compiling the tendencies and data relevant to the traveller’s journeys. These reports include information such as which airports they have visited and the time spent in each country. All information is automatically recorded in the Bluesmart app on the user’s Smartphone. What more could you want?

The passenger’s next step is to enjoy the chosen destination without any problems. The traveller can also enlist the help of other innovation for activities outside of the home, especially those where the Smartphone does not need access to wifi.

goTenna converts the Smartphone into a communication tool that does not need a network connection. This gadget generates its own signal, which makes it especially useful during outdoor activities, in large urban areas, in planes as it works in ‘airplane mode’, and in lifts, basements and on underground transport. In short, the device can send and receive messages via the Smartphone and share GPS location with other devices in areas where there is no coverage by using radio waves. Synchronisation between goTenna and the Smartphone occurs through Bluetooth Low-Energy, so the devices must be less than 6 metres away from each other.

Each goTenna coordinates with all other goTennas in the vicinity; the signal range is determined in each case by the area in which the device is being used. This is without a doubt a tool that will soon be a must-have for adventure sport enthusiasts or for trips to exotic lands.

The connected world is evolving. Are you ready for your smart holidays to begin?