Edit: Bluesmart no longer exists, and we can no longer recommend smart luggage, due to a new FAA rule that cases with built-in batteries must have a removable battery.

If you’re looking for a great gift for a frequent flyer and tech devotee — you know, the kind who doesn’t travel without an iPhone charging case, a¬†Jackery portable charger and a backup backup Jackery charger (ahem, raising hand here) — we may have found it in the app-controlled, super futuristic, James Bondian¬†Bluesmart Suitcase.

They had me at “can charge your phone up to six times,” but having¬†taken a review unit out for a test run, it does so much¬†more than that.

Hook up the companion iOS or Android app, register your suitcase (which takes a minute), charge and connect via Bluetooth, and you’re off.

Here’s the stuff I like:

The idea that it has a built-in power source and USB outlet to charge your phone or tablet on the go is a major relief for me in itself. And of course it comes with all the cord and plugs you need.

I also really like that you can lock and unlock it with your phone in one step¬†— and that includes¬†the outer zippered laptop compartment, which is a really nice touch, considering I can get a little paranoid about thieves¬†grabbing things out of outer pockets of bags. (I’ve been hardened by¬†a lifetime of living in NYC.) You can even set it to auto-unlock when you’re nearby, unless you prefer to do it manually.

That¬†lock is TSA approved by the way, and the battery is FAA-compliant (37 watt Lithium-ion if you’re interested) which is something I had been¬†a little nervous about if you need to check it.

Bluesmart Suitcase controlled, locked, weighed and tracked via companion app

As for the nice-to-have features of the Bluesmart Suitcase, there’s also a dandy little light on the front that can glow on command, which is kind of like blinking your headlights in the parking lot to help find your car. ¬†You can track¬†your bag via the app through location services. (For privacy, my settings only use location services when the app is in use.) There’s also a¬†trip tracker that you may or may not need¬†if you’re already using my favorite,¬†TripIt,¬†and you can log¬†travel locations¬†and share photos, though¬†Instagram and Facebook work fine for me in that sense.

A lot of travelers also like having a built-in scale function¬†like the one Bluesmart offers, though I’ve always wondered why it’s necessary with an overnight¬†bag — unless you’re transporting bags of solid gold¬†bouillon. In which case, more power to you.

Tech features¬†aside, I really want a carry-on suitcase¬†that functions as a solid, dependable suitcase above all, and that’s where the Bluesmart succeeds.

Bluesmart Bluetooth Suitcase: App-controlled, security enabled, and FAA approved

It’s quite a handsome looking bag, with easy-turn wheels, a smooth telescoping handle, smart zippered pouches and a roomy compartment inside, with¬†a durable tweed-y gray fabric on the outside.

I do admit I’m not 100% crazy about¬†the look of the plastic shell itself, as¬†I’m used to the nylon exterior of my trusty¬†Tumi bag. But when I investigated¬†further, it turns out the shell¬†is made from a Makrolon Polycarbonate which is incredibly lightweight and nearly indestructible.

Basically if it’s good enough for Audi¬†cars, police face shields, and bullet-resistant bank windows, I’d say it will do right by your lacy underthings. But know it does look like plastic.

Of course all this high-tech fabulosity comes at a fairly steep price (a little less steep if you’re ordering the Bluesmart One Suitcase) making this a big splurge.

I mean you could conceivably carry around several Jackery chargers and just padlock¬†your bag the old-fashioned way. But clearly the Bluesmart Suitcase isn’t designed for the frugal traveler; it’s for the person who wants something techy and futuristic and fun.

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