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Today in the Web Mobile Congress Telefonica announced that it will partner with Bluesmart “The intelligent suitcase”. The operator will be providing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity for Bluesmart’s upcoming smart luggage.
With this amazing news Bluesmart assure their customers that they will be able to follow their suitcase through their smartphone wherever it goes.
“Our mission at Bluesmart is to empower travelers and make the planet a smarter and more connected place,” Saez-Gil says.
It is now official that many of these functionalities will be enabled by a Telefónicapowered SIM card that Bluesmart will include inside of its luggage. The chip will be connected via 3G to Telefónica’s M2M network, making it theoretically possible for Bluesmart’s clients to track their suitcases at all times. “With this partnership, we hope to reduce the hassle that travelers have to experience when airlines lose their bags,” Bluesmart’s co-founder and CEO Diego Saez-Gil explains.
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Bluesmart, the first world smart carry-on that can locate, lock and weigh your belongings from an app on your smartphone, has announced their total raise via both crowdfunding and angel investors to be 2M, adding Y-Combinator as a backer.
Co-founded by Argentinian team Diego Saez Gil Tomi Pierucci, Alejo Verlini, Martin Diz as well as Brian Chen, they have had a meteoric rise, first beating their indiegogo goal within 2 hours, to beat their original goal by 3,860 % in only a couple of months.
Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of Bluesmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere.
It operates on a detachable, Bluetooth-enabled motherboard with a built-in GPS. Weight sensors embedded within the handle let you know if your suitcase meets international travel guidelines. There’s even a built-in, 37-watt lithium-ion battery and a USB plug so you can power your smartphone up to six times while on the go.
The app tracks which airports the case has been to, how many miles traveled and how much time was spent in each country.
The Bluesmart suitcase fits international carry-on size standards and will automatically lock if you walk away from it. But, should the battery lose power, it comes with a TSA-approved master key that will help you (or airport security) get inside. It also comes with an easy-to-access laptop compartment so you can pull out your computer right before the security line.
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