These days it seems like everything is getting smart – from phones, to household devices and even clothing – so, why not travel with a smart suitcase? Samsara (translated from Sanskrit to mean “continuous movement”) is doing just that.
Co-founders Atara Dzikowski and David Dahan have created a suitcase that offers a combination of sleek design and practical technology that syncs to and charges its owner’s smartphone. This new luggage is set to be available by November, and people are getting excited.
The company created a KickStarter page with hopes of reaching $15,000. Within four hours Samsara reached its target and has since received more than 17-times that amount, with more than $261,000 from over 600 backers. The project is set to close in two days, plenty of time for more money to pour into this suitcase. In response to the already achieved success, Dzikowski tells NoCamels, “We were hoping for it to be successful, and it is exceeding our expectations.”
So, what exactly does Samsara offer? The exterior of the suitcase uses 6061 and 5052 aluminum alloy which combines Titanium, Magnesium, and Zinc. The result is a durable, fireproof, and lightweight outer shell. Designers crafted the suitcase using spinner wheels which are integrated into the case, adding more than four liters of packing space and bringing the total storage capacity to 38-liters. The luggage also provides a flat top, which can double as a comfortable working space for a busy traveler.
The suitcase really gets smart in the way it pairs to a user’s smartphone. The product will send a notification through its app when the suitcase is at a significant distance from its owner, and when it is opened out of sight. It also has automatic LED lighting that turns on when it senses it is in the dark, and can charge your smartphone more than 10 times in one charge of the suitcase’s battery.
At $690 for 38-liters, Samsara is a competitor in the smart luggage market. Rival companies include Radan and G-RO, and NUA Robotics which provide similar technology, but at a slightly lower cost. A 22-inch Radan and G-RO suitcase can cost $300 to $450, respectively and for $600, a customer can purchase a suitcase by NUA Robotics that is smaller in size, but is completely hands-free as it uses Bluetooth to follow the owner around.
Yet, it is Samsara’s design that really seems to differentiate it from its competitors. Dzikowski tells NoCamels, “We understood that we are in a world that already has smart luggage. What we are bringing here is really the combination of design and smarts. Our tagline is look smart and travel smart.”
“The idea is to give people something that is more than just a box that you can place your things in while traveling,” Dzikowski says, “it’s an understanding that travel today is different because we are connected all the time and because we need to address the ergonomic design of how to make our suitcases something that we can utilize.”
If Samsara’s early KickStarter success is any indication, then we may all soon get on board the smart travel trend.