Airbus Unveils Prototype iPhone-Enabled Smart Luggage

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Airplane manufacturer Airbus has previewed an iPhone-enabled smart luggage prototype called 'Bag2Go' that uses a number of new technologies to help airlines and flyers keep track of baggage, reports Australian Business Traveler.

    The bags include RFID chips for next-generation airline baggage handling and a barcode that syncs with an iPhone app that includes a 'Find My Bag' feature that hooks into airline databases to give you up-to-the-minute data on the bags location. They also have a digital scale built into the handle of the bag that talks to the iPhone's app.

    Flyers simply lift up on the handle and the digital scale makes sure the bag is beneath an airline's weight limit. The airline believes the bags would cost some 20% more than comparable 'dumb' bags.

    Airbus says it would not sell the bags directly but could license the technology to partner airlines.

    Article Link: Airbus Unveils Prototype iPhone-Enabled Smart Luggage
  2. dakwar macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010
  3. Canyonero macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2012
    20 % more than the current price tag of Rimowa luggages which range from $300-1000.
  4. AppleMark macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    Why would I buy new luggage and spend 20% more to help an airline track my bag? They have managed reasonably well since 1919.

    If somebody steals the luggage, then I am guessing it will be as useless as 'find my phone', if you need the police to track and recover the bag.
  5. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    I think it's more to give the traveller peace of mind since they can track where their bag is and not have to reply on the air companies statements etc.
  6. parish macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2009
    Wilts., UK
    Shame you have to put your iPhone in Airplane mode in flight or you could track you bags flying from JFK to LAX - as you fly JFK to LHR :p
  7. thepowerofnone macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Why knock this? If you don't like it then don't buy it obviously, however having flown quite a bit and had bags lost on multiple occasions this certainly appeals to me. Its a natural progression of technology as part of a much bigger picture: previously dumb objects are getting smarter and easier to track. I like progress. Even if it comes at a (fairly small) premium. You're on an Apple rumour website - you are clearly pretty used to paying a premium for a few extras. And the digital scale is pretty handy too.
  8. AppleMark macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    You have answered your own question... LOL!!
  9. ArcaneDevice macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2003
    outside the crazy house, NC
    Well for one you wouldn't have to anxiously stand at the carousel with your fingers crossed hoping that with every minute you don't see your bag that it actually arrived at the same destination.

    Like, you know, people have done since 1919.

    Being able to track package deliveries yourself has become very useful. I'm kind of used to the idea of not just having to hope something turns up just because that's how it used to be.


    Same here.

    I'd rather rely on my own incompetency than that of others. When one of my bags doesn't turn up at least I wouldn't have to wait another day or week for someone else to get their act together.
  10. Popeye206 macrumors 68040


    Sep 6, 2007
    I travel a lot and something like this would be awesome. Just a couple weeks ago... standing in JFK waiting for my bag to come down the carousel... waiting and waiting only to have the bad luck that my bad was last to be offloaded. So, all that time of waiting getting more and more nervous my bag didn't make it. With the tracker I would have known it was there and I would have been able to relax until I tracked it closer to the belt. I would have loved that!

    However... I'd rather just have something I could put in any bag I got that would allow me to track it. Not just a specific bag.
  11. AppleMark macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    Are assuming that the entire world airport system will update their infrastructure, to accommodate a tracking system to be displayed on carousels everywhere for a gimmicky iPhone bag?

    Firstly, whenever I fly out of the UK I do not have any WIFI until I purchase credit for use of Data in that particular country, which would be after I leave the airport or baggage area, so renders this facility useless while waiting for my bag.

    Secondly as I have alluded to, you would still probably have the anxiety of waiting for your bag, as I do not see the facility being used in a baggage area for customer notification purposes, only when you realise your bag is missing and go to the airline company, who check the system and tell you it is travelling at 30mph around downtown Rio de Janeiro! ;)
  12. jlc1978 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2009
    You are still at their mercy. Just because you know where a bag is doesn't mean they can get it to you. I once watched my bag (which had been following e around for nearly a week) being offloaded from the plane that just arrived; since I was to board that plane to my next destination I explained to the gate agent the situation (the airline was trying to get my bag back to me after failing to get it and me to the same place on my first flight of the week) and asked the gate agent to please be sure my bag was on it. Despite assurance it would be I finally got it the day after I got home. Everyone knew where it was; unfortunately it and I were not in the same place at the same time.

    When I don't get my bag the airline knows where it is and I can track it via the bag tag; the problem is physically moving the bag. I realize much does get lost and never claimed (just look at what unclaimed baggage sells) but the simple expedient of putting contact info in the bag would solve 90% of the "I never got my bag" issues.

    Of course, how long before someone realizes this means some bent on destruction can time it for an optimal effect; assuming it provides accurate geolocation data?

    Why didn't you ask an airline agent? With the bag claim number they can tell if it was on the plane, offloaded, etc. Delta's mobile app already does that as well.
  13. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    Bazinga! :D
  14. jdogg836 macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    If Apple was the company making it people on this site would be eating this up. iLuggage
  15. ArcaneDevice macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2003
    outside the crazy house, NC
    No but it does mean that you don't have to wait around hoping it will drop off the conveyer and then hoping that the airline can locate the bag once it doesn't turn up. Fun fact, not something they can always do.

    If the moment you step into baggage claim you can see instantly where your bag isn't then you can just walk over to services and show them exactly where it is.

    It also means you know when your bag is likely to be delivered instead of sitting around again, hoping, that they identify, find and deliver it. This is especially important if you are not at home. No point in delivering a bag if you are no longer at the hotel to receive it.
  16. needfx, Jun 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2013

    needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    Hopefully it won't beep when passing through customs with something I am supposed to declare
  17. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    why not make an rfid chip that is portable that can be use in any bag.
    really interested where this is going though
  18. afro-ninja macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2013
    "Oh, no! Honey, we didn't charge the luggage!"
  19. sorinc03 macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2009

    One has to be silly to pay even more for something that gets thrown about by baggage handlers. A piece of luggage should be cheap and one should be happy if it lasts a couple of years. Whoever pays more than $100 for a piece of luggage is insane regardless of what the luggage may offer.
  20. nostaws macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2006
    I fly a few times a year, so you're right I don't need to make an investment in great luggage.

    However, my father-in-law and a few siblings literally fly multiple times a week as part of their jobs. They would love something like this. And a $100 suitcase can't put up with their weekly itinerary.

  21. Glassed Silver macrumors 68000

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Can you say "replacement parts"? ;)

    Glassed Silver:mac
  22. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2010
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I need the chip that I can add to my own bag.

    This way when I check my case with my handguns I have a better grip on where they are. I like the pelican cases I use as I can put large padlocks on them, not eh crappy small ones that most bags will only accept.
  23. mikegrad macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2012

    great idea, some sort of bag tag.. of course it would probably just get stolen by the baggage handlers.

    I fly 1-2 round trip flights a week and mostly carry-on my luggage, so its not an issue for me, but i can see the appeal.
  24. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2011
    South Melbourne, Australia
    nah ...its a secret luggage with NSA approved spy-enabled functionality hidden inside :cool:
  25. sorinc03 macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Do they check bags in if they fly multiple times a week? I wouldn't see why they'd check bags in and waste so much time checking them in and collecting them. I fly quite a bit myself (not every week, but every few weeks on average) and I haven't checked bags for 3 years. It's just too much of a waste of time.

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