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A new carry-on suitcase also packs a Wi-Fi hotspot, a power-bank and GPS

Samsara's new kind of carry-on. (Source: Samsara)
Samsara's new kind of carry-on. (Source: Samsara)
Samsara is a company that harnesses the trend towards tech-enhanced luggage. Its latest product is of the newly-expanded 23-inch carry-on size. It is the first from its OEM to have its own Wi-Fi hotspot. The suitcase also supports wireless charging for phones and has GPS for "more accurate" tracking should it get lost.

Samsara is a company that produces "smart" luggage, a category that can integrate features such as power-banks, the ability to track them via apps if necessary or both. However, this OEM's latest device has an additional trick: the ability to emit its own Wi-Fi with a hotspot.

This tech is contained within a "smart unit", which slots into an outer pocket on the suitcase and also contains its power bank. This part of the new carry-on also supports its wireless-charging feature, which works when a compatible phone slides into the same pocket. It also offers wired power for devices compatible with USB charging.

This case also comes with Bluetooth 5.1, which connects to the user's phone and alerts them should the carry-on be left behind or starts to move too far away for any other reason. Samsara also claims that it has an "IoT tracking solution" should the user need to hunt it down using the companion app.

Therefore, a user may be able to get online and keep track of their luggage while travelling at the same time. Samsara's smart cases have a tendency to be pricey, and this one is not much different: it is up for preorder at US$279, or $199 for a version without the hotspot. Finally, the new Samsara 23-inch carry-on comes in some new styles, a solid yellow color option included.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-18 (Update: 2020-01-18)