Discover the suitcase of the future

Technological advances have made almost every aspect of our lives easier in recent years and now, according to Mashable’s Amy-Mae Elliott, technology is set to revolutionise the humble suitcase.

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

In her piece 9 Futuristic Suitcases to Improve Your Travel Elliot has rounded up the best innovations and new concepts in luggage design.

Some of the most exciting products already on the market include:

• Powerbag Briefcases

A briefcase with a large built-in battery to recharge all your gadgets while you’re on the go. The battery holds enough power to charge a smartphone four times.

Briggs & Riley Cases with CX Compression Packing Technology

This suitcase expands by over 30 per cent then it sucks out the air reducing it back to its original size. Great for when you can’t decide what to take and what to leave behind.

Heys USA BioCase

Like something out of James Bond this case uses biometric fingerprint technology to ensure that only you, or someone else whose fingerprints you have programmed in, can open your case. The BioCase will remember up to eight fingerprints.

Intelligent Luggage

This self-weighing suitcase has digital scales in the handle so that all you have to do is press a button and then lift the suitcase to read the weight. Perfect for avoiding excess baggage costs.

For the full article including details of luggage concepts including a suitcase that will follow you around by itself, a case with a battery which charges as you wheel it and a case that converts into a scooter visit

The future of travel

A range of new websites providing help with everything from flight and hotel booking, itinerary planning and money saving are due to shake up the future of travel, according to the digital specialist site Mashable.

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The future of travel

The startup travel sites we’ll all be using over the next few years, according to Mashable, include:

Peek a new site which will seek out the most interesting things to do at your destination (based on categories such as romantic, off-the beaten-path, tours). It then allows you to book directly through the site.

BlackJet for a new service which, Mashable claims, fills the gap between private jets and flying commercial by scheduling small 6-14-seat planes.

Bag2go a personal baggage tracking system that will ensure that you’ll know exactly where you suitcase is at all times.

Find My Itin offers a new way to plan your holiday by following the hashtags of like-minded travellers. Travellers will post information about where they’ve been and where they’d like to go for others to gain inspiration and advice from.