I've spent the last few weeks traveling and my suitcase is starting to look a little worse for wear. Aside from the fact that it looks like I've been on the road with Mötley Crüe, my trusty hard case may not be protecting my things as well as it once did.
Not surprisingly, we've entered an era of smart suitcases. Via PCMag.com, I learned of a tech-friendly carry on bag that has two USB ports as well as proximity sensors so you know where the bag is at all times (within the airport, anyway). The company, Raden, aims to get to the point where they can tell you where your bag is beyond the airport through a mesh network, solving a big pain point for lots of travelers.
Through the Raden app, you can determine the weight of your bag to make sure it's carry-on ready or if you need to leave that 3rd pair of heels at home. The app also tells you how long it will take to get to the airport, low long the TSA line will be at the airport, and you can call Uber directly from the app when you're ready to be picked up. The bags come in sophisticated hues, like matte black and hunter green, an instant upgrade to grown-up international traveler status.
As a frequent flyer, I'm pretty excited that a few companies are trying to make the travel experience better - it's time to move beyond the gadgets on SkyMall. Perhaps one day, my suitcase will include a stylist feature to help me decide what to pack, and robotic features to actually do the packing and unpacking. That's got to be on someone's list, right?