The holy grail of luggage

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  • stevescoots
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    how odd, not all the words in my post show up, yet are there if i try to edit. forum bug?


    stevescoots
    Participant

    lets try again. It seems to be more about software than hardware.

    Smartphone app: why?

    Biometric fingerprint locking for up to 5 travellers. As martin says that won’t work in the US or many other countries. Only good for carry on but then why lock a carry on?

    Free worldwide GPS Tracking: available by others

    Digital scale integrated into the wheels. No lifting necessary. Only useful when packing as airlines will demand you use their scales, home luggage scales can be bought for under 10 bucks so cheaper and less weight built into the case

    Bluetooth speaker and microphone – Play music. Make hands-free calls: ok….why? It’s not like its beach luggage and would you want everyone to hear your calls?

    Anti-theft proximity security. When the app moves beyond 40 feet: good idea

    Triple USB 12 Amp charging ports (Dual external, third internal in carry-on laptop compartment only). Providing you can detach it if the bag goes in the hold, many airlines do not allow batteries in holds now

    Personal Concierge – On demand information for departure and arrival times & gates, book flights, hotels, car rentals and more. Pointless for anyone with a smartphone as it’s all at the fingertips, and would you have to pay to call them, I suspect so

    10 Year Warranty with 24 hour repair worldwide. Good idea but not new and I would like to see how they promise 24 hours repair for a broken case in Outer Mongolia


    MartynSinclair
    Participant

    I saw a previous press briefing and think customers are able to spec the case, as required. Talking into a suitcase, is not a priority for me..

    I am not sure this firm has the money to finish the product as they are asking for orders BEFORE product is ready..

    For me its the GPS tracking (for when it goes into the hold).. There may be others available Steve… but as yet I haven’t been able to find one…


    stevescoots
    Participant

    That would be a nonstarter for most kick-starters, pay a small deposit maybe as all these are risks but a full order won’t fly (no pun intended) Development costs are not that high, relatively speaking. Marketing is what sucks up the cash! But that’s ok, if mine works I will pimp it out amongst BT readers 🙂


    JohnnyEnglish
    Participant

    Unlike others, I prefer a single compartment rather than having a divider dictate how I pack my luggage. More so when I wish to pack a large item. I can see how some like a separate compartment for used laundry, but plastic bags suffice for me.

    For hand luggage without wheels, very important is a comfortable non-slip shoulder strap.


    canucklad
    Participant

    I’ve been putting more thought to this conundrum, of the perfect piece of luggage than I really ought too. For a start my grass is needing cut, but then again you can’t mow your lawn in a gusting downpour……..And I’ve concluded that the perfect piece of luggage would match an individual’s travel patterns, but more importantly personal lifestyles. ….

    Small things can make huge differences, on my golf bag the most important accessory is my bottle opener keyring : )

    So because, recently my travel has been mostly traipsing around our shambles of a railway system, my perfect piece of luggage would look something like this……Imagine the following………

    1) A hard shell core with wheels as a starting point, that can be used as a standalone case that complies with Ryanair’s strict carry on policy
    2) But it does have a secured solar powered sleeve for tablets and phones, allowing for easy access.
    3) Built into the shell, would be my most important accessory. As my last post suggested a light but strong folding contraption that turns into a seat…think camping chairs, but not on such a grandiose scale. I’d be the most envied person on many a overcrowded train journey.
    4) Velcro, discreetly placed, with covers when in use for the following attachments………firstly for a 2nd compartment if I decide to bring back gifts or in my case taking advantage of the excellent Chinese supermarket in Newcastle , ideally this would be 2/3rds the size of the core case.
    5) More Velcro, and my piste de le resistance , and back to my golf bag , another attachment , but this crime only a 3rd the size of the original, a coolbag type compartment, with attached bottle opener to keep my ” it’s Friday and I’m finished ” refreshments cool in an overheated traincarriage

    That would be my perfect case, for my current travel needs, am asking to much. : )


    first_class_please
    Participant

    Hi Martyn, hope you are well.

    For GPS, I`ve been using http://www.trakdot.com (or http://www.trakdotluggage.co.uk) for the last 18 months. Very good indeed.

    Heading to Bangkok tomorrow for a few days..


    MartynSinclair
    Participant

    Hi FCP, if you are staying in the usual, there is another Forum poster here tomorrow night as well. Should be fun.

    (apologies for the side tracking)


    CXDiamond
    Participant

    I would just like to add that if a case must have four wheels then it needs a brake and I’ve yet to find one that does but I have watched bags roll away on several occasions. Most inconvenient.


    stevescoots
    Participant

    @ Canucklad, anything is possible in a modular design, including seats or golf bag attachment. even modular wheels to turn it into a fully functioning caddy bag!


    stevescoots
    Participant

    CX, very good point!


    d1rector
    Participant

    Re locking or not, I ALWAYS lock. Especially since I was forced to check in a cabin bag that I had intended to take on board with me, when it was deemed too large on the return leg from Lithuania. The bag had been fine for checkin staff on the outward from UK. Caught short, and in full argument, I released the bag before I remembered the unlocked outside pocket which had all my ancillary documents, money and wallet.

    Believe it or not, a security guard escorted me some time later and I was lucky enough to find the bag and recover everything. Could not have happened at a major, “western” airport.


    Globalti
    Participant

    As a keen cyclist I know that you can have strong, cheap and lightweight, but only TWO of those at any one time.

    I still hanker after my old Delsey Club, which had the wheels arranged so that you pulled it edge forwards, in the skinny direction, which was much better in crowded airports. However it was unstable on rough ground and would sometimes throw a speed wobble. Skinny and stable would be my ideal, as well as squareish inside because my current Samsonites are difficult to pack thanks to the internal channel for the extending handle.


    MartynSinclair
    Participant

    Has anyone any experience of using TRAKDOT..?

    http://www.trakdotluggage.co.uk/#buy


    batterytraveller
    Participant

    What is the point of GPS tracking, because I’m not sure I see it? Surely almost any time it might be of use your bag will be undercover or in a tin tube where the gps won’t get signal?

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