Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bluesmart Carry-On Bag

We often spend more time preparing for a trip than we actually need to – and we usually forget some vital bits and pieces, like a spare battery pack, extra pair of socks or gadget chargers. Needless to say, even if you successfully managed to pack just about everything you might need on the go, it doesn’t mean that all your stuff will arrive at the same destination as yourself – because suitcases and backpacks frequently get lost, forgotten, stolen or displaced in chaotic transport, at busy airports and on crowded bus stations. So, how does a guy actually get all his bare essentials safely from point A to point B? Not a problem, mate – with Bluesmart, all your belongings will always stay safe and sound on your trips, wherever the road may take you.

The world’s first smart and connected suitcase that easily pairs with Android and iOS smartphones, Bluesmart aims to solve all potential bugger-situations a modern traveler may face on the fly. The revamped suitcase design features a powerful built-in energy pack with enough power to recharge a phone as many as six times (37 Watts lithium ion battery), so you won’t end up phoneless in case you forget to pack your charger and your battery decided to run out of juice in the middle of nowhere. Bluesmart battery even allows you to simultaneously charge two electronic devices so you won’t have to stop the music on your MP3 or tablet to top up your smartphone or e-book reader instead. On top of that, Bluesmart has a built-in digital scale which allows you to weigh your bag by a simple pull of a handle. The companion application displays the total weight on your smartphone display with surprising measuring accuracy, so say goodbye to airport extra baggage fees. A neat feature, you have to admit.

For maximum gear safety, Bluesmart is fitted with a smartphone-controlled and TSA-accepted Travel Sentry® Approved Lock that lets the user lock their suitcase via phone application or set it to lock automatically when separated from the owner – and just to stay on the safe side, it will also deliver alerts in case any would-be underwear thief tries to fumble through your luggage. And in case your phone runs out of juice when you need to unlock your Bluesmart, you can always use the special key to access your stuff once you arrive at your destination.

But there’s more still. The Bluetooth proximity sensor in your Bluesmart will send you an instant notification in case your suitcase gets mishandled in transport, and it will also help you track it down via the proximity heat map. Plus, there’s some GPS onboard for more detailed luggage tracking in case your Bluesmart wanders off a larger distance than you expected and cannot be located by means of the proximity sensor, which is extremely convenient function, considering that tens of thousands of suitcases get misplaced by U.S. airlines every month.

If you’re a genuine jetsetter at heart and like to keep accurate track of your trips, Bluesmart application will act like your personal travel assistant with handy real-time reports on all your trip essentials, such as miles traveled, airports visited, time spent per country and more – and that’s still not all: Bluesmart application should also be able to sync with your calendar to send you timely reminders about forthcoming trips and the stuff you need to pack before hitting the road. And for those nasty security checks that tend to get way too intimate tech-wise, Bluesmart has a special quick-access compartment up front where you can store your laptop, tablet and other vital electronics so pack ‘em all up and worry not about TSA checks.

Design-wise, Bluesmart sports a heavy-duty 34-liter case with a waterproof zipper fitted with an anodized aluminum handle and placed on four spinner wheels. The current protypes weigh a slight 8.5 pounds but further development will probably render the suitcase somewhat lighter for added handling ease and portability.  And last but not the least – the team behind the world’s first smart connected carry-on is working on the Bluesmart smartwatch application concept so this sophisticated suitcase may soon offer some handy wrist-based controls to put an end to all your packing and traveling woes.

Currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo, Bluesmart can be yours at a surprisingly affordable $235 pledge and first shipments are expected to begin in July 2015, so don’t hesitate – get yourself all the suitcase bling you deserve and travel in style, because the ultimate smart carry-on has finally arrived to do away with your luggage nightmares and turn your trips into sheer sightseeing bliss.

Fitbit Surge Smartwatch

Good news, smartwatch and fitness tracker lovers! We have some helpful info updates on the Fitbit’s Surge smartwatch fresh from Brookstone’s pre-order page – and judging by the specs dislosed so far, this smart wrist wearable-come-fitness watch packs some mean functions and extreme versatility to live up to your highest training feedback expectations. So, here goes.

Somewhere on the smartwatch-fitness tracker golden mean, the Surge will sport a relatively large touch-screen display to show incoming call and message notifications and it will run the Fitbit proprietary software instead of the commonplace Android Wear. The set of Surge’s regular smartwatch functions also includes some handy wrist-based music playback control (granted your phone is close at hand) which means that this little fellow will probably beat other smart wrist wearables by a long shot in terms of on-the-go functionality. On top of that, this smart gadget will pack a host of fitness-oriented features: using eight-sensor technology and built-in GPS, Surge will track your daily activities such as pace, distance, steps taken, active minutes, elevation climbed and running/walking routes. The lengthy list of activity tracking options makes this smartwatch ideal for any amateur or professional runner and any other multisport athlete wishing to keep accurate track of their daily strength and cardio workouts, running sessions and cross trainings. The list of handy fitness options are further topped by a PurePulse heart-rate sensor for constant heart rate intensity monitoring, calorie counter to keep watch over your daily food intake and waistline, and sleep tracker with a silent vibration-based alarm to monitor the length and quality of your night’s rest and wake you up discretely come morning sun.

Like most other wireless activity trackers out there, Fitbit Surge will let you sync all the workout stats via the Fitbit companion application on your computer or smartphone. The application reportedly encourages you to share your stats and compete with your family, friends and training partners – you can log meal intake, weight and training intensity on online or mobile dashboard and show it to those you care about most. The Surge application also lets you set personalized training goals, track progress and earn badges for your improvements toward the customized workout and health goal. Designed to be worn 24/7, the water-resistant Fitbit Surge will come with a sleek, comfy wristband with customizable watch faces (available color options include slate, black and tangerine), and it will be compatible with most Android and iOS devices (Apple’s iPhone 4s and up, as well as 3rd generation of iPad), so don’t wait much longer – go and order your new fitness tracker/smartwatch hybrid now before the supplies run out, and enjoy the toughest of your hard training sessions with the most reliable real-time performance feedback you can hope to get!

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