The tools inside the business traveler’s carry-on luggage have changed. The luggage itself has not.
Two companies are hoping to take off through crowd-funding with modern roller bags that fit all the essentials and charge your devices. One even has a router to give you a Wi-Fi hotspot where ever you land.
The G-Ro, a sleek and modernistic bag by Shalgi Design Studio, has already more than doubled its funding goals on Kickstarter. Luggage maker Andiamo is about to bring its iQ case to Indiegogo with a load of features, including Wi-Fi, a built-in scale and an alert system that lets you know when the bag is coming towards you on the ramp.
This carry-on is stunning to look at with a design that would compliment the motorcycle from the movie Tron. Two large diameter axle-less wheels make the bag feel lighter as the weight shifts over the center of the wheels, which are surprisingly thin and travel better than those tiny caster wheels.
The modern look takes good care of the modern traveler with a built-in charging station, two USB ports and a built-in tablet station. There is also an optional electronic module with a 23,000 mAh battery, a universal power outlet, a wireless probity detector and location tracker.
The bag is made with Cordura ballistic nylon and mold-injected aerospace-grade polymers that the company claims makes it water-resistant and crush-proof. It has an arched belly so the bag does not scrape the ground.
G-Ro is expected to retail for $499 plus an additional $99 for the electronic module.
The first thing you will want to pack in the iQ is the router it comes with provide a Wi-Fi hotspot. With it, the company promises no more spotty or expensive Wi-Fi on the road. Should you fly overseas, just be sure to buy a SIM card which will fit in the iQ’s card slot.
The bag contains a compact but powerful battery unit with a total of 8,000 mAH. There is one USB port, so charging goes only one device at a time. There’s an anti-theft alert, a companion multi-functional app for travel notes and TSA-approved locks.
The bag sits on four spinner wheels and is a 100 percent polycarbonate case with aluminum frame.
Andiamo has not publicized the date for the start of its Indiegogo campaign and price information is not available.