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Trunkster rolls up to baggage claim with GPS, battery and integrated scale

Trunkster rolls up to baggage ...
Trunkster features a rolltop door, battery charger, integrated digital scale, GPS tracking, and improvements to the handle and wheels
Trunkster features a rolltop door, battery charger, integrated digital scale, GPS tracking, and improvements to the handle and wheels
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Trunkster comes in two sizes, the smaller size classified as carry-on luggage
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Trunkster comes in two sizes, the smaller size classified as carry-on luggage
Trunkster is an attempt at designing luggage to be more useful to the modern traveler
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Trunkster is an attempt at designing luggage to be more useful to the modern traveler
A GPS tracking device should ensure your Trunkster never gets lost in transit
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A GPS tracking device should ensure your Trunkster never gets lost in transit
Trunkster as seen from a variety of angles
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Trunkster as seen from a variety of angles
Trunkster features a 15,000 mAh battery, allowing you to charge your mobile devices on the go
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Trunkster features a 15,000 mAh battery, allowing you to charge your mobile devices on the go
Trunkster features a rolltop door, battery charger, integrated digital scale, GPS tracking, and improvements to the handle and wheels
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Trunkster features a rolltop door, battery charger, integrated digital scale, GPS tracking, and improvements to the handle and wheels
Trunkster features a built-in digital scale, letting you weigh your luggage simply by lifting it up
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Trunkster features a built-in digital scale, letting you weigh your luggage simply by lifting it up
Trunkster features a rolltop door, eschewing the need for zippers
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Trunkster features a rolltop door, eschewing the need for zippers
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After decades of remaining virtually unchanged, luggage design is seeing some innovation, from the Fugu Luggage which expands like an accordion, to the Bluesmart connected luggage which can be controlled via a smartphone app. Joining the baggage claim carousel is Trunkster, which adds several innovations to the standard design.

Trunkster is a range of luggage designed to offer travelers the "most streamlined travel experience." In order to achieve this lofty ambition, the designers have swapped zippers for a rolltop door, and added some high-tech solutions to the problems faced by many modern travelers.

The durable, waterproof rolltop door allows for zipperless access to all your belongings. A removable 15,000 mAh battery plus USB port means you can charge your phone several times on any journey, while a built-in digital scale lets you weigh your luggage simply by lifting it. And for US$40 extra, you can also add a GPS tracking device to ensure your luggage never gets lost in transit.

Trunkster as seen from a variety of angles
Trunkster as seen from a variety of angles

Trunkster is constructed from airplane-grade aluminum and virgin polycarbonate, and has a TSA-approved combination lock. Even standard features seen on most luggage gets some attention, with the Trunkster featuring omni-directional wheels that should "glide smoothly and silently over any surface," and a side-to-side handle designed to give you "absolute control and enhanced balance through many grip positions."

The development of Trunkster is currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign that has already surpassed its US$50,000 goal. The popularity of the Trunkster Kickstarter means a pledge of US$295 is needed to secure either the Carry-On Trunkster (22 x 14 x 9 in / 56 x 36 x 23 cm) or the Checked Trunkster (27 x 19 x 11 in / 69 x 48 x 28 cm), assuming the creators follow through on their promises to deliver the finished product in August 2015. The estimated retail prices are a rather ambitious US$500 and $600, respectively.

The Kickstarter campaign video, which shows the thinking behind Trunkster, is embedded below.

Source: Kickstarter

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2 comments
Wolf0579
for some reason, I'm reminded of "The Luggage" from Terry Pratchett's novels.
Walt Stawicki
because luggage wt is free? geesh. I can see some eagerbeaver security iunsisting to see "whats that?" as they huddle over scanners....