10 Essential Smart Suitcases

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Equipped with a range of high-tech features and user-friendly functions, these smart cases could be the answer to lost luggage and unexpected baggage fees.

Design Hotels has teamed up with Horizn Studios to create a signature cabin trolley that’s packed with features. With GPS tracking, a dedicated app, a smart charger and dual USB ports, the new Horizn Studios x Design Hotels Trolley (above) is made from ultra-durable, lightweight German polycarbonate, with touches of Italian Vacchetta leather. Four agile 360-degree spinner wheels by Hinomoto allow for effortless upright rolling, and each case comes with 12 months’ complimentary access to the new Horizn Studios Travel Assistant service.

 
 
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Skip the hassle of airport check-in screw ups with German luxury luggage brand Rimowa’s new Electronic Tag. A combination of integrated technology and smartphone connectivity, the Electronic Tag, built into a new series of cases, allows travellers to check-in their luggage, from home or on the road, using an airline app (Lufthansa has become the first airline to integrate this technology into its system with others to follow). A press of a button and the luggage tag information is beamed via Bluetooth to the case’s cutting edge E Ink Mobius TM display, where it is displayed in colour like a regular luggage tag, but one resistant to water, heat, shocks and tearing.

 
 
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Marrying style with cutting-edge technology, the Bluesmart Black Edition, the latest generation of the pioneering Bluesmart case, features GPS and 3G tracking capabilities as well as a USB charger with a 10,000mAh capacity, enough to charge a smartphone up to six times. The built-in weight sensor allows you to check the weight of their luggage through the Bluesmart app, which automatically locks the case when it’s not by your side. The tri-layer polycarbonate shell is water and scratch resistant, while the nylon front compartment provides protective padding for laptops and tablets.

 
 
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Packed with a variety of smart functions, the Space Case 1 by Planet Traveler promises a carefree journey. Its biometric scanner enables you to unlock the case with the touch of a finger, while its global tracker makes sure you know where your luggage is at all times. Available in two sizes, the Space Case 1 features a digital scale, three USB charging ports, and a Bluetooth speakerphone. There’s also a built-in garment bag to keep suits and shirts wrinkle-free. The case comes with an assortment of colours and patterns, from stealth black to polished pink.

 
 
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Like something you might see in The Jetsons, carry-on sized G-Ro (presently in crowdfunding) features a powerful 23,000mAh internal charging feature, location tracking and a proximity detector. Travellers killing time will love the tablet stand, while all-terrain wheels allow for serious off-concourse striding, and a telescoping handle with multiple settings allows for more comfort on the move.

 
 
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With unmistakable French lines and plenty of cutting-edge features, the new Delsey Pluggage case boasts a built-in scale, displaying its weight on a dedicated app. There’s a charging port for tablets and phones, as well a fingerprint security access, interior lighting, an inbuilt speaker, and a detection system that notifies you that your case made the flight. These features are wrapped in a classic, durable carry-on sized case that will turn heads.

 
 
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A savvy case for connected gents, the Trunkster not only boasts a sophisticated roll-top, zipper-less design, but also features a removable power bank for essential charging, a digital scale, and easily-accessible USB ports. Durable and water-resistant, the roll-top face is designed to better survive the ordeals of baggage handling while also providing additional security from hot little hands.

 
 
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Durable and cost-effective, the Away Carry-On features a near-indestructible lightweight polycarbonate shell, interior compression, a quality spinner wheels for those mad dashes to the boarding gate. Stay charged with a 12,000mAh internal battery, connected with two USB ports, and smelling like a rose thanks to a removable laundry bag.

 
 
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Perfect for space-starved travellers, the Barracuda is a collapsible smart luggage solution that can slip under hotel beds or hang in a closet. There’s a laptop tray for working from the road, an ergonomic ‘halo’ handle that rotates 360-degrees, a proximity sensor and tracking system (available as an upgrade), a 10,000mAh Li-ion Polymer battery for USB charging, a laundry bag and a duo of shoe bags to ensure everything stays pristine within.

 
 
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Available in both carry-on and checked sizes, Raden’s smart luggage feature tough polycarbonate construction, high-quality Japanese spinner wheels, TSA locks, and a seriously sexy minimalist design. But the cases, available in 10 colours in 22 and 28-inches, offer more than just good looks; there’s a 7,800mAh battery, accessible via two USB ports and one mini-USB port, an integrated luggage scale, and a dedicated app that provides location tracking.

 
 

Travel, Style, TechnologyFred Kirby