Will smart luggage produce the next generation of backpacks? Or is it just a passing novelty? I have examined the bestselling smart backpacks to find out.
What is Smart Luggage?
Smart luggage adds digital technology to your luggage for additional functionality. This sounds great in theory, but why can’t anyone just put a portable battery or hard drive in their regular bag?
The key to these products is the successful integration of technology with the normal features of your luggage. This can make luggage items that serve your needs in a more efficient way: Allowing you to store digital content alongside physical content, cast your own wireless network, or charge devices as you move around.
So this is not just a battery or hard drive in a bag, but technology fully integrated with the pack. Just like a Camelbak is different to a water bottle in a bag.
This technology can be a number of things. At the moment, most manufacturers are incorporating USB charging from solar panels, USB charging from battery, internal hard drives and mobile hotspots.
Sadly there is no solution yet for charging items such as laptops that rely on mains power on-the-go. Unless you were to combine a ‘beast…’’ with a backpack like the farpoint 40. Alternatively you could always try using a hand crank phone charger to keep topped up on the go.
The Best of the Bunch: