While services for tracking luggage with RFID tags, bar codes or GPS have been around for a while, a company called Trakdot Luggage is taking a slightly different approach.
It is putting a radio transceiver on your bags that tells you where your luggage is.The Trakdot sends out a mobile phone signal that lets you find its general vicinity — within 30 feet, the company says — by seeing what cell towers it is near.
Trakdot estimates that it can work continuously for up to a month on standard AA batteries.
As a battery-saver, the Trakdot shuts down on the plane when it is moving at more than 100 knots an hour. Every 20 minutes the device pops on briefly to check speed, then shuts down again until the plane lands.
Then it sends a text to show where the bag has arrived. The Trakdot is $50, with an activation fee of $9 and a $13 annual fee. The device will be available in April.(Text and pictures by The New York Times News Service)