Many of us are well acquainted with the reality of losing luggage on a flight. No matter what precautions you take, there’s not a lot you can do once you’ve arrived in Toronto, but your suitcase is still on vacation in Cancun.
One of the gadgets to come out of last week’s CES is a contraption to help alleviate some of your worries by telling you exactly where your luggage is. Trakdot uses cellular technology to pinpoint the exact location of your luggage. Just put the device in your suitcase and know with certainty that your bag arrived with you when you land.
To use Trakdot, pop in two AA batteries and turn on the device, then register it to your mobile number and email address. Once placed in your luggage, the device will automatically sleep when it goes into the air. When you land and the bag is removed from the plane, Trakdot wakes up and sends either an email or text message to your preferred point of contact. You can also download a mobile app for Android or iOS to get the location of Trakdot, but it’s not required for use of the device.
Best of all, unlike many of the items that appear in CES, it’s available right now and in Canada.
Who would love it: People who frequently travel for business or pleasure, or a paranoid occasional traveler.
How much it costs: $49.95 for the device, $8.99 for activation and a $12.99 annual service fee.
Where to get it: You can pick up the TrakDot at many London Drugs locations in B.C. and Alberta, as well as locations in Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg, and Thompson Communications in Montreal. If you aren’t near any of those cities, you’re just going to have to hope that the device gets a wider release after all the recent press it has received.
Must-Have Monday is a feature on the Yahoo! Canada News' Right Click blog, where we share a cool gadget each week. We're not paid to endorse any of these — it's just stuff we'd probably buy if someone handed us a pile of money.
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