Are you in the market for a new suitcase? Thinking of upgrading? Apparently, there is a whole new type to explore – smart suitcases. So what the heck are those and why do you need one?
This is the first time I’ve ever heard of smart suitcases but it’s become a booming industry. With integrated tech features like USB charging ports, built-in scales, and remote digital locks, suitcases have definitely entered into the modern world thanks to technology. But is all of that really necessary? Samsara luggage doesn’t seem to agree. In fact, they believe that a lot of the tech features are pretty unnecessary. Instead, they’re bringing us a design upgrade – aluminum alloy. Their kickstarter for this product is so overfunded, you almost have to worry about the fact that it may all just be hype. With a $690 price tag, it had better not be just hype. They may not be the first to make suitcases with this material, but they are definitely cheaper. Some of the other features seem pretty neat, too:
Tech aside, the design is where Samsara really shines. Two rubber stripes along the case’s sides are meant as a buffer against scratches, and its flat top means it can be used as a portable working surface. It also comes with six wheels that are integrated into the case instead of tacked on underneath, allowing the body to be extended by nearly two inches for extra pack space. Lastly, it has an LED light inside that will automatically turn on if the case is opened in dark conditions.
We all know that traveling can throw a few punches at your productivity. One tip from Eli Epstein of Mashable was turning your hotel room into a productivity den. This can really help you stay on top of your work.
You would be surprised how much the isolation of working out of your hotel room will help increase efficiency. Chatty coworkers, someone making 500 copies of a report, microwaves beeping, all of those distractions that can occur in the office are nonexistent. Epstein also suggests turning your thermostat up to 77 degrees, pointing to a Cornell University study that showed errors were less likely at this temperature. Follow your normal routine. If you normally get up, exercise, have breakfast, and then head into work, you can still do that while at a hotel!
Having a smart suitcase would definitely help you maximize your workflow. Alright, so what if you want all the bells and whistles. I mean, if you’re dropping hundreds of dollars on a suitcase, I think there had better be some gold spun into the fabric. There are plenty of other options out there that will satisfy your need for the ultimate techy experience. Here are some of my favorites:
Bluesmart One Suitcase
This one comes with TSA-approved 10,000 mAh battery and digital lock. It also has a scale, spacious compartments, and the ability to recharge your gadgets. Best of all, in my opinion, is the location tracker that uses 3G and GPS to track. For those of us that can be forgetful (like me), this is a pretty great feature.
Raden A50 Set
This set comes with two, the A22 Carry and the A28 Check. These also have a built in scale in this which will always be helpful. It’s super lightweight, weighing in around 13 and 8 pounds. What’s really neat about these is that they’re made with polycarbonate. This makes them super durable as well as extremely flexible. If you travel a lot, then that’s definitely something you would want.
Okay, I’m not going to lie, this one is pretty nifty. This suitcase collapses to 3 inches. You can easily shove this bad boy under the couch and out of the way. It also has similar features in that it’s waterproof, durable, and tracking enabled. Unfortunately it’s not available just yet but the website proclaims they will be launching soon!