We have smart everything these days, from crockpots¬†you can turn on remotely to get dinner started, to thermostats¬†you turn down while you’re away on vacation. And now¬†we’ve¬†come across another incredible smart gadget called Bluesmart luggage¬†that could¬†change the way we travel, and¬†hopefully make those family trips less stressful.

(Though no, it doesn’t keep your kids entertained or rush you through security, sorry.)

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Bluesmart goes beyond a mere tracking device. As opposed to those¬†that are only useful within certain ranges, this suitcase¬†lets you track your luggage¬†anywhere in the world via an app (iOS¬†or¬†Android), and send you an alert when your bag is out of a range that you preset. That could be across the Atlantic,¬†or just across the terminal at the airport when you realize you’ve been standing at the wrong carousel for 20 minutes.

It’s like having someone keep¬†a¬†digital¬†eye on your bag at all times. Sounds pretty amazing.

Now it goes without saying that before you fly¬†anywhere these days, you have to make sure that everything is kosher with the TSA, otherwise you find yourself awkwardly answering questions in a small room without your shoes on. Fortunately, it seems that Bluesmart meets all TSA restrictions. In fact, we thought the smartlock that can controlled remotely from the app might be a challenge for random searches — no one wants¬†the TSA breaking into your spendy new tech luggage. but a major benefit of the locking system¬†is that agents can get to if need be. (Eek.)

I like the idea of this¬†extra layer of security. And it could also be fun¬†to mess with your travel partner¬†when they’re¬†trying to open the suitcase. Fortunately¬†your battery dies or the app isn’t working for some reason, you can always fall back on the old school physical lock which is a huge relief. Although it makes me wonder just a bit as to why you need both.

One more huge bonus is that the¬†Bluesmart luggage¬†has built-in charging capabilities. Seems kind of funny¬†to have to plug in a suitcase, but it’s a great idea¬†when your¬†kid’s smartphone¬†runs out of juice right before boarding or you end up stuck on a runway during a delay, slowly losing battery power.

Of course we still recommend you travel with one of our¬†top portable chargers, but the suitcase¬†battery actually holds¬†enough power to charge an iPhone six times. That’s like six fewer things to worry about.

Bluesmart Luggage: Trackable by app, charges your phone, app-controlled high security lock, and more.

 

Bluesmart luggage is a smarter way to travel

 

Traveling made so much easier with Bluesmart luggage

I’m not sure how often¬†most of us will use the weight measurement feature (am I the only overpacker around here?) but the built-in digital scale¬†is pretty cool; pull up on the handle and lift¬†the bag, and the app will tell you how much it weighs — all before you get to the airport and find you have to pay an extra charge for an overweight bag.

Then again, considering the bag works as a carry-on¬†and fits into that little metal frame at¬†the¬†check-in kiosks, unless you’re toting titanium bricks, I don’t know how likely you are to go over the weight limits in a carry-on sized bag. But presumably it’s a feature that will be applied to other size Bluesmart bags as they roll out.

As for price, at $399 the Bluesmart is¬†definitely pricey; more than American Tourister but less than Tumi, and while I haven’t seen it in person, the quality seems more comparable to the latter. What a perfect holiday gift for yourself or a loved one who travels a lot.

And if you’ve even found yourself¬†waiting by the luggage carousel for a bag that didn’t appear, at least for me, anything to ease that one particular pain of travel is¬†well worth the cost.

Bluesmart Smart Luggage is available for pre-order for $399 on the Bluesmart site, and available at our¬†affiliate Amazon¬†¬†with free Prime shipping starting 12/1. You can also find it at¬†eBags¬†(where it’s already backordered) and the MoMA Design Store.¬†Pre-ordered bags are shipping now¬†and¬†there¬†will be¬†an option to rush delivery to get the bag by Christmas.¬†

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