May 18, 2018

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Two smart luggage firms have closed in May, with both blaming changes to airline policies regarding how lithium batteries can be taken on board planes. The new rules meant that luggage batteries had to be removable. The smart suitcases feature weight sensors, a built-in phone charger and location awareness - but all require battery power. Bluesmart's products did not feature removable batteries at all. Both firms said the luggage apps would continue to work for existing customers but refunds and replacements would not be possible.

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