With a significant number of the world's technology bloggers and journalists descending on Las Vegas this week for CES, losing luggage was a very real threat. It's an occurrence that is never welcome, but just because the airline loses your baggage, it doesn't mean you have to be left in the dark as to where it ended up. Trakdot is trying to take some of the stress out of losing track of your baggage by introducing its new Trakdot Luggage tracker this week at the show.
The idea behind it is pretty straightforward: stick the palm-sized tracker into your bag, and you'll get city-specific information on where it is. If it ends up where you end up, then there's nothing to worry about, but if it somehow gets shipped off to another city, then at least you'll know where it is. This information will be updated in real-time as you try to reunite with your missing luggage.
You can take things a step further by registering your Trakdot tracker on the company's website. In doing so, you'll be able to track your luggage from your smartphone. Trakdot says that each tracker can be linked to multiple phones, and each phone can track multiple devices. Users will also be able to track their luggage from the company's website, so there are a number of different ways to keep an eye on your missing luggage.
To make the deal even sweeter, Trakdot says its tracker will work globally with any phone or SMS-enabled device. The tracker is scheduled to launch in March 2013 and comes with a price tag of $49.95. To get started, you'll have to plop down an $8.99 activation fee, and then you'll have to pay an annual $12.99 service fee to keep things going. Be sure to check out our CES portal for much, much more from the show!