The new TrakDot knows when airlines lose your luggage — sort of
Watch tech press go gaga over it, but in real world, complaints on lost baggage are falling in U.S., and battle-hardened business travelers minimize checked in baggage anyway. But this could be a precursor to real-time luggage tracking that airlines will eventually launch themselves, for sure.
Excerpt from MarketWatch
TrakDot, which launches at the end of March, aims to make sure your stuff doesn’t get lost. The $50 device, roughly the same size as a deck of cards, pinpoints its location using a GSM chip. Place it in a checked bag, and it sends updates on its whereabouts to your phone. (There’s a one-time activation fee of $9, and annual service fees of $13.)
The same FAA regulations that limit your smartphone use on the plane require TrakDot to automatically go into sleep mode once it hits a set altitude. So don’t expect constant check-ins as the bag makes its way from say, New York to Las Vegas.