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Stephen SacksBy Stephen Sacks
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Stephen SacksBy Stephen Sacks
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About

Ever had that sinking feeling at the baggage reclaim when your case fails to make an appearance?

You’re not the only one.

Last year, a mind-boggling 21.8 million bags were mishandled by airlines worldwide. That’s the equivalent of 7 in every 1,000 passengers finding their bags delayed, damaged or lost at the end of a flight.*  

That’s why we’ve developed Trackase: lightweight luggage that’s tough enough to stand up to pretty much anything you can throw at it (including an SUV, FYI) and equipped with tracking technology so you can monitor its location on your smartphone.

With a Trackase, even if an airline misplaces your bag, you’ll know exactly where it is. So you can have the airline recover it quickly and get on with enjoying your business trip or vacation – whether you’re chilling on a beach or running with the bulls.

*According to SITA, an aviation communications and technology company that tracks baggage performance each year.

From its lightweight, virtually indestructible outer shell to its smart tracking system, we've designed the Trackase with one thing in mind: relieving your travel anxiety.

What’s it made from?

Have you ever crumpled a plastic water bottle, then popped it right back into shape? That's polypropylene (or PP or short), and it’s the same super-strong plastic that we’ve used to create the Trackase. This new type of PP:

  • Can withstand temperatures of up 130°C 
  • Is highly resistant to chemical solvents, bases and acids 
  • Is colorfast, so it won’t fade over time 
  • Is designed to withstand strong impact without breaking 

…so you don’t have to worry about your case getting wrecked in transit. 

How do you track it?  

We've put in technology that uses cell phone towers to triangulate your luggage's coordinates, allowing you to see where your Trackase is once your flight has landed.  

The tech links up to an app, so as soon as you turn your cell phone on in the terminal you'll be able to locate your luggage.  

What other nifty features does it have?

Aside from being super strong and fully trackable, the Trackase features:

  • Full lining with handy storage pockets 
  • Comfy ergonomic rubber-padded handle 
  • Built-in lock system (so no more having padlocks being cut or broken off your luggage at US customs) 
  • Four tough, fully-rotating wheels for smooth steering

Traveling isn't always a stress-free experience, but our hope is that the Trackase's durability, trackability and lightweight design will take luggage problems out of the equation for good. 

We've put a lot of time and effort into research and development, and are at a point where we've got a functioning Trackase prototype. Now it's a case of working on ways to optimize that prototype, focusing on its accuracy, battery life and robustness. Your investment will help us to develop the best product possible.  

Our current focus is the tracking element. Because luggage is most likely to be lost inside terminal buildings, we felt GPRS (rather than GPS) technology would offer the best solution, as it uses cell phone towers to triangulate your luggage's position.

We're therefore prioritizing research into the best GPRS technology available, and are looking into partnering with an existing market leader. The two front-runners we're considering are www.fasttrackcompany.com from Holland and www.trakdot.com from the USA. We will carry out trials during the investment period and will keep investors updated with our progress.

December/January:  Kickstarter Campaign
February:  Contact all backers to discuss their colour choices
March:  Complete R&D and testing of Trackase
April:  Production
May:  Delivery

Risks and challenges

We felt strongly about including the cellular tracking technology, as it's going to be a major way in which the cases can help to put people's minds at rest when traveling. There is a challenge here in that the tracking tech requires a subscription. Each Trackase does include a full year's subscription, which we're trying to extend. If there are issues on this, the cost per unit would still be less than $20 a year to the owner.

Currently the tracking tech works worldwide, except for in Japan and South Korea as they don't have GSM coverage, so this is something owners will need to be aware of. The final thing to note is that the system uses alkaline AA batteries which are not rechargeable, so owners will need to replace them when the app tells them they're running low. We'd recommend replacing them before each trip just to be safe.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.33

    Every little helps – and if you pledge £1 you’ll have our eternal gratitude, as well as being featured with a special thank you in our inaugural e-newsletter.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Get a handy set of luggage tags to label your bags with your name and address – the tags will be made from the same virtually indestructible PP plastic as the Trackase.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $47

    Protect your gadgets with a super-tough case, made from the same virtually indestructible PP plastic as the Trackase. Will fit your Kindle or iPad inside.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $66

    Virtually indestructible luggage tags + gadget case AND we’ll even throw in a memory foam shoulder pillow for those long-haul flights.

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    Pledge £75 or more About $100

    The Track Ace package: luggage tags, gadget case, travel pillow AND an exclusive Trackase coffee mug and Trackase T Shirt.

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    Pledge £160 or more About $213

    Carry on size Trackase which will be on sale for $550 after launch. Price includes free worldwide shipping.

    Size: 20" / 50cm
    Empty Weight: 5lbs / 2.5kg

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    Pledge £200 or more About $266

    Medium Trackase which will be on sale for $650 after launch. Price includes free worldwide shipping.

    Size: 24" / 60cm
    Empty Weight: 8lbs / 3.5kg

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    Pledge £230 or more About $306

    Large Trackase which will be on sale for $750 after launch. Price includes free worldwide shipping.

    Size: 28" / 70cm
    Empty Weight: 11lbs / 5kg

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    Pledge £325 or more About $432

    Early adopters special offer price. The full set of three Trackases which will eventually sell for $1,950. Price includes free worldwide shipping.

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    Pledge £2,950 or more About $3,922

    The Dealer Package: 10 sets of 3 Trackases. Price includes free worldwide shipping.

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