Where’s Waldo’s Bag: Luggage Tracking in Real Time
By College Tourist Contributor of 01/09/13
Traveling is One of the Joys of Life, Lost Luggage is Simply, a Pain.
Traveling is one of the joys of life; lost luggage however, is an annoyance that can taint an otherwise fantastic trip. Part of that annoyance is placing all your trust in the airline gods to find your bag…and soon.
There is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of the TracDot Luggage Locator that was unveiled at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Nevada this month. GlobaTrac’s Trakdot is a small device a little larger than the size of a deck of cards. It can be tossed in any piece of luggage and, once paired with your cell phone or other device, it will send a text or email to your phone once you land, announcing its location.
According to CEO Harry Steck, “A recent passenger survey from the International Air Transport Association showed that 81% of travelers are interested in tracking their bags in real time, Trakdot Luggage empowers travelers to do just that, with a revolutionary product that is inexpensive as well as simple and convenient to use.”
The news is even better if you have an Android. Tracdot has a free app that will give you more detailed information about your bag such as where it is within the airport. While the Trakdot can’t stop the airline from losing your bag, it can make the retrieval process a lot faster when you are able to tell them exactly which airport your lost bag is in.
GlobaTrac claims that the device is 100 percent FAA compliant. It automatically goes to sleep once it reaches a certain altitude, and wakes back up once it’s back in cellular range. TrakDot will need to be registered on the official website before it can start delivering location information. It works globally and is powered by two AA batteries.
The product will not be available until March 2013 for $49.95 with an activation fee of $8.99 and an annual service fee of $12.99. The apps are also not yet available in the App Store or Google Play Store , but should be there once the device is on store shelves, according to a GlobaTrac representative.
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