If you are travelling for more than a few days you will likely need to check-in your luggage when reaching the airport. This normally involves waiting in line and attaching a piece of paper. Sometimes, your luggage never even makes it on your airplane and sometimes gets diverted to another location, forcing you to purchase clothing and everything else you will need while on vacation. Rimowa wants to simplify the process with e-ink luggage tags.
Lufthansa has implemented the new e-ink technology at three of their German airports. They have a special drop-off location for luggage with the e-ink tags. By default, the tags are blank, but you can simply pair it via Bluetooth to your iPhone and via the the Airline app send over all your flight information and contact details. You can lock the suitcase information with a password, to keep unscrupulous individuals from changing your user information.
It is still early days for e-ink luggage tags and only Lufthansa supports the technology. Still, there is something compelling about not having to wait in line for checked baggage and being able to track it via an iPhone app. Other airlines are testing it and United is expected to roll it out in the United States in the near future.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.