March 2, 2015
The Y Combinator-backed startup launched Bluesmart luggage last year through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where they raised 3,860 percent over the original goal of $50,000. They raised over $2M in funding.
Thanks to this new partnership, Bluesmart will be able to include, inside of their luggage, a Telefonica powered sim card. Through Telefonica (M2M) network, they will be able to track the location of their smart suitcases anywhere in the world where Telefonica has coverage.
The M2M technology has also been utilized in Tesla’s latest development of connected cars. Through direct coverage and roaming agreements, Telefonica covers more than 120 countries, which represents most of the connected world.
The luggage also includes a 10,000 mAh battery that can recharge a smartphone six times over, a Bluetooth enabled remote locking feature, a built in digital scale, distance alerts and a companion smartphone app with which users can control the suitcase and track all their travel information.
“Our mission at Bluesmart is to empower travelers and make the planet a smarter and more connected place,” said Bluesmart cofounder and CEO Diego Saez Gil. “We were looking for a global partner that would help us provide the most reliable service to our customer and collaborate with us as we keep innovating in the connected travel space. With this partnership we hope to reduce the hassle that travelers have to experience when airlines lose their bags.”
The Bluesmart Carry-on is an award winning connected luggage that raised more than $2,000,000 in preorders from 8,000 backers in more than 100 countries on their crowdfunding campaign. The product features GPS and Bluetooth enabled location tracking.
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