Smart storage firms of losing battery battle


Two smart luggage businesses have shut down in May, with both blaming changes to airline policies with regards to as lithium-ion batteries can be taken on board airplanes.

Raden and Bluesmart said the changes, on the part of many of the great airlines in December 2017, had made business impossible.

The new rules meant that the storage batteries had to be removable.

Smart suitcases have weight sensors, a built-in phone charger and the location of awareness, but they all require a battery power.

“…our intent was to add ease and simplicity to your travel experience, and this unexpected change of policy has made this impossible,” Raden said in a message on its website, spotted by The Verge.

Bluesmart products do not have removable batteries.

The company has shown its news as “bittersweet” in an announcement online, saying that it had sold its intellectual property to US suitcase brand Travelpro.And ‘real minefield’

Both firms said that the app store will continue to work for existing customers, but the refunds and exchanges would not be possible.

Raden bags started at $295 (UK price £250) and are still provided by some retailers.

At the time of writing, Amazon UK has Bluesmart suitcases available with a starting price of € 364 ($490).

Analyst Ben Wood, from CCS Insight, said that the rules had created confusion at the time of check-in, or to persons who were not sure if you would be able to travel with their bags.

“The integration of lithium-ion batteries and radio technologies such as Bluetooth and cellular connections, more and more smart storage, a real minefield,” he told the BBC.

“Given the complexity of the regulations around what you can and cannot take on a plane is a surprise, it became a problem”.