In the market for a simple, affordable way to monitor the location of your luggage as soon as it joins the rest of the checked-in baggage at the airport? The Trakdot Luggage Tracker should fit those requirements.
A small palm-sized device, it can be crammed to fit into the mass of stash in your luggage. Once inside, you can track the location of your bag directly from a smartphone, so you know exactly where it is in case the airline messes up and loses your case among the pile.
The Trakdot is a small GPS tracker powered by two AA batteries. When it detects the luggage is in flight, the device automatically goes to sleep to conserve battery. As soon as it detects the plane has landed, the device wakes up and pins downyour current location. That way, you’ll find out immediately whether your luggage safely made it to the right destination or if the airline accidentally took it somewhere else.
To use, you’ll need to register your gadget on the official website, specifying how you want to be notified about your luggage’s location. You can choose to receive notifications via email or SMS messages, with the option to turn off both if you’d rather use the official app to find your luggage in real-time.
Currently, the Trakdot Luggage Tracker is being shown off at the floor of CES. It will officially debut in March, priced at $49.95 with an activation fee (for the SIM) of $8.99 and an annual service fee of $12.99.