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Savvy Suitcases

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Savvy Suitcases

A new generation of smart cases is making it easier for travellers on the go to keep tabs on their luggage.

The new-and-improved sibling of the Bluesmart One, the project which pioneered smart case innovation (and raised US$2 million in crowdfunding in the process), the Bluesmart Black Edition weighs in at a rather hefty four kilograms but also packs plenty of techno-friendly punch. Measuring 22 x 14 x 9 inches this slick smart case is dressed in nylon and polyester with a double PR coating, making it water and scratch-resistant, and features GPS and 3G tracking capabilities, Bluetooth enabled locking, and a built-in weight sensor that works with a Bluesmart app.There’s a vital USB connection rated to charge a smartphone up to six times in one inning, as well as silent wheels and a reinforced bumper for those rough rumbles through the world’s airport concourses. www.bluesmart.com

A household name in luggage circles, Rimowa’s R&D team has gone a different way. Rather than creating spycraft tracking and charging, the German brand has maintained its iconic corrugated metal look, adding to its newest cases an Electronic Tag, which mimics the plastic and paper tags airline check-in staff collar your bags with.  Using a built-in E Ink Mobius display, travellers beam the flinfo from their phone directly to the case, which then displays the luggage tag on the screen, complete with all necessary barcodes and acronyms. The screen is water, heat, shock and tear-resistant, ensuring that luggage handlers will always know where your case is supposed to be heading. www.rimowa.com

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 in an assortment of colours and patterns, from stealth black to polished pink. www.planettravelerusa.com