Samsonite joins forces with Samsung to develop smart suitcases
Samsonite has partnered with South Korean tech giant Samsung to come up with a new technology aimed at bringing an end to all your luggage woes. The companies are currently working on the concept of smart luggage – suitcases fitted with microchips, allowing you to track them using GPS.
“Smart luggage will be able to communicate with you but it needs to be able to do much more than just give its location,” said Samsonite chief executive Ramesh Tainwala. “We are working with Samsung to create something that is more than a gimmick.”
He revealed that in the future the luggage might even be capable of sending you a message when it has left the aircraft, about to appear on a baggage carousel, as well as when it is being opened. In addition, they are working on a solution that will see the luggage follow its owner automatically. “It’s a blue sky idea where the bag will follow you 6 inches behind. It’s a bit like a programmable remote control car,” Tainwala said.
Finally, the companies are also working on a feature that’ll enable the luggage to self-check in at airports.