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Connected Carry-On: This Standard-Sized Bag Is a Smart Pick

* Suitcase connects to phone and relays info like location and weight
* Storage capacity roughly 34L
* Standard carry-on size for all major airlines

Years ago when tech companies were doing their best to connect household products, like TVs, toasters and refrigerators to the cloud, several startups tried to do the same with luggage. Suffice it to say, they didn’t last long. Since then, luckily, the technology has gotten better (and cheaper) and so have the companies building smart luggage, like Bluesmart One.

First and foremost, the One is a proper carry-on suitcase. Built using a weather-resistant hard-shell polycarbonate body, it will, more than likely, survive any and all tumbles that typically beset travel luggage. It’s also TSA-approved and the standard size for carry-ons, measuring in at 22” x 14” x 9,” making it compliant with all major airlines.

It’s a tad heavier than a soft-shell carry-on at 9.4 lbs., but the One doesn’t sacrifice any of the exterior pockets just because it’s mostly hard-shell. The front includes a soft compartment for your laptop and any other essentials you might need easy access to when traveling. The wheels are also hub less for better mobility and durability.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The One can not only tell you via an accompanying app how much it weighs but will remotely lock itself if it happens to leave your side. The two USB ports, included charging cable and 10,000 mAh battery aren’t too shabby either. The battery will charge your phone at least five times.

The One also comes equipped with 3G connectivity and a GPS so you can track its exact whereabouts all from your phone. Don’t worry, the lock and battery are all TSA-compliant.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a new carry-on with a few tricks up its sleeves, you’d be hard pressed to find one that blends old world and new world better than the Bluesmart One.

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