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Samsonite is working with Samsung to add connected technology to its luggage

By Shawn Knight
May 5, 2015
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    The idea of “smart” luggage isn’t new yet despite some early successes like Indiegogo hit Bluesmart, big-name luggage makers have yet to add connected technology to their product lines.

    That could be changing in the near future as Hong Kong-based Samsonite has partnered with Samsung on the development of such a product according to a report from Daily Mail.

    Samsonite’s smart luggage will use GPS technology to track its location and is capable of notifying travelers when it is being unloaded from the plane or when it’ll arrive on the pick-up carousel. Suitcases will also tip off security-conscious travelers as to when they are being opened or if an owner strays too far away.

    Elsewhere, Samsonite is working with a couple of airlines to develop smart bags capable of checking themselves in. Once a passenger arrives at the airport, their bags would be recognized and loaded with details like airline and destination. Instead of waiting in line to manually tag bags, travelers would simply drop their bags off on a conveyer belt upon arrival.

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    The company has even been testing a piece of luggage capable of following its owner around in the airport. Unfortunately, existing motors take up roughly a third of the bag and weigh nearly 45 pounds. Samsonite chief executive Ramesh Tainwala noted that music speakers used to be huge and are now tiny. With that thinking in mind, Tainwala said his company revisits the project regularly.

    It may seem surprising that no major luggage makers have come out with connected baggage yet but when you think about it, they’re in the business to sell you luggage. Offering a project that prevents you from losing your luggage (and thus, not buying more) goes against their business model. It’s the same reason why wireless carriers weren’t interested in smartphone kill switches – they’d lose money.

    With luggage, you’re going to be replacing it every so often regardless of whether it gets lost or not simply because airline travel is rough on baggage and they’re going to tear up after a handful of uses. If manufacturers think they can sell connected bags for enough of a premium to cover the lost bag market, then sure, they’ll get with the times. But so far, that hasn’t happened.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    Nah this is not for me. I want luggage that can autonomously get itself to the check in, gets weighed then checked in and gives me a shout if necessary on my phone if someone tries to pilfer with it in while I kick back at the airport bar.
     
  3. melkiik

    melkiik TS Enthusiast Posts: 42   +10

    I'd like one too :)

    quoting op
    "It may seem surprising that no major luggage makers have come out with connected baggage yet but when you think about it, they’re in the business to sell you luggage. Offering a project that prevents you from losing your luggage (and thus, not buying more) goes against their business model."

    This very much keeps it place. Standard business, you can't yet lease luggage or can you?
     
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    I remember seeing something about smart luggage a while back but quickly forgot about it, maybe it was between these two companies, I don't remember and I'm not interested. What interests me more is smart toilet paper. ;)
     
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  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    If it was really smart, it wouldn't be toilet paper. ;)
     
  6. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 900   +15

    I love this idea, but I'm not the type to buy a new luggage once after a while unless my old luggage breaks down. judging from my personal experience with samsonite, it does not break after several trips.

    I would like to see a DIY "smart luggage" solution in kickstarter or so. a "digitally controlled lock" should be optional. it won't be long until someone decided to hack it. just be sure to make it really durable so it doesn't break when your luggage is thrown or pressed.
     
  7. Mo Ali

    Mo Ali TS Rookie

    And that pic is Dulles Airport, live 20 minutes away from it.

    Just wanted to say that :)
     

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