Bag2Go is a project that has been in development with T-Systems, Airbus and RIMOWA, and it’s probably best described as a suitcase from the future, incorporating both Wi-Fi, GSM and GPS into the case so that the traveler can track their suitcase almost anywhere in the world. The suitcases’ network array integrates with an app which not only tells you where your suitcase currently is, but also reports the weight of the suitcase and informs you if the case has been opened. We got a hands on demo during CeBIT 2014:
The Bag2Go has a e-ink display which produces a bar code which is then scanned by the your smartphone using the afore mentioned app. The app can check in and track several suitcases simultaneously. You simply chose which suitcase you want to track to see it shown on a world map (note: currently in-flight tracking is not possible). The suitcase is also fitted with NFC chip which can then used by used by logistics or airline staff at the airport. The e-ink screen also displays the bag’s name/number, owner’s information and weight.
At the heart of the Internet of Things concept is the idea of intelligence in things in everyday life. In a simple way this means having artificial intelligence embedded in objects that we interact with, including sensors that can gather relevant information and interpret that information in meaningful ways. This is exactly what we are seeing with this suitcase demo from Deutsche Telekom which uses sensors to determine the weight and location of the suitcase.
Dr. Thomas Kiessling, Deutsche Telekom‘s Chief Product & Innovation Officer had this to say, “Deutsche Telekom identified early on M2M and the Internet of Things as central growth areas, and it is now one of the leading international providers in this field.”
The demo we caught at CeBIT a few weeks ago is more proof of concept at the moment than actual retail product, so questions about pricing and availability are little premature at this stage. It is however really exciting to see that such products are in development, pointing to time in the not too distant future where intelligent luggage is common place.