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Ipnotica LLCBy Ipnotica LLC
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Ipnotica LLCBy Ipnotica LLC
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$12,038
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 6 2015

About

The Smartbag is the world’s most beautiful hi-tech bag with styles for both men and women. These customizable bags, which are handmade in Italy, are elegant and fashionable on the outside. The well organized inside, on the other hand, has a hi-tech core.

Besides the different pockets and compartments for everything you carry with you, all The Smartbag models have 2 USB chargers for your devices, internal lights, a location device, an SOS button, a phone finder, a bag buddy system and more.   

Do you have a unique style that you want to show? Do you want something personalizable? We get it! The Smartbag comes in three women's handbag styles with four base colors and six accent colors which you can combine any way you like plus a messenger bag in black with six accent colors. 

The only thing you have to do now is choose if you want one of the three women's handbag models or a messenger bag. Then you'll be able to play with our online "bag builder" to build the bag that's best for you!

 Here's a small sample of some of the possible combinations!

Do you already have a closet full of bags that you like to switch through depending on your outfit? Do you wish you could make them all The Smartbag? We can work with that. Just put our stand-alone, easily transferable kit into any bag you choose to level it up to The Smartbag!

The list of The Smarbag's features is seemingly endless!

2 Hidden USB Chargers & The Powerbank

How often does your cell phone run low on batteries before you get home at the end of the day? The Smartbag will make sure that you never remain disconnected or feeling stranded again. There are two USB chargers for your smartphone, iPhone or tablet.

The Smartbag can charge an iPhone 6 about three times and a Samsung Galaxy about two and a half times. With GPS on continuously but in sleep mode, the bag has an autonomy of about 21 days.

The powerbank will continue to charge up correctly and hold its charge for 2000 charges which translates to about a 6 year lifespan.

Internal Lights

You’ll no longer have to fumble through your bag while you try to find your keys at night. If you need something, you can just switch on the lights and find it immediately. 

Lightweight, durable, weatherproof material

The three women's handbag models are made of coated canvas while the messenger is made of viscose. All bags have full grain, tumbled, calfskin leather trim (which is the highest quality leather in existence). This makes for lightweight, weatherproof, durable and easy to clean bags. The Smartbag will still be beautiful 2, 3 or even 10 years from now.

Notebook/Tablet pouch

There’s a designated pocket for your tablet or a notebook in the messenger bag. There’s also plenty of room for one in The Smartbag Tote and Shopper.

Area for Personal Items

The main area in The Smartbag is perfect for all of the things you always carry with you including sunglasses, your wallet, tissues, hand sanitizer, a beauty case, breath mints, aspirin, headphones or any other smaller everyday objects that you need to keep close at hand.

Cell Phone Pouch

You want to be able to get into your bag and find your ringing phone immediately which is why there’s a designated cell phone pouch in each model of The Smartbag.

Keys and Money Pocket

When you’re standing in line to pay for your coffee at a peak time of the morning or just want to get into your house at the end of the day, you don’t want to have to shuffle through your bag looking for loose change or keys. The Smartbag has a dedicated pocket with a zipper so that you always know where your keys and money are.

Easy-Grip Handles and Cross Body Strap

How do you like to carry your bag? Whichever way you prefer, the easy-grip handles make for a comfortable hold, in the crook of your arm or even over a shoulder. The shoulder strap (detachable in the women’s handbag models) gives you even more alternatives since you can carry The Smartbag over a shoulder or crossbody style.

Laptop Area (The Smartbag Messenger)

When it comes to your bags, do you mean business? The Smartbag Messenger has a dedicated area for a laptop that can easily fit a 15” MacBook Pro. The Tote and Shopper are also large enough to fit a laptop in their main compartment.

Pen Organizer and Business Card Pouch (The Smartbag Messenger)

Do you have specific pens you like to be able to get to quickly? Like the best of bags for business, The Smartbag Messenger has a pen organizer for you to keep your four favorite pens, pencils, markers or combination. 

If you’re at a conference or are finishing up a meeting, the ability to find your business card and hand it over smoothly demonstrates organization and self confidence. With The Smartbag Messenger’s dedicated pouch, you’ll always know exactly where to find your business cards.

NFC Certificate of authenticity and originality

Each bag comes with an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip to certify the quality and originality of your bag. By scanning the bag, you can make sure that The Smartbag you have is an original.

Online Return Reward System
The worst part of losing a bag just might be trying to make up for all your lost contents. The Smartbag’s online return reward was created to help your bag and its contents get back to you. If you lose your bag, you can easily signal it as “lost” on our website, find its last known position and share that over social networks or email along with the reward you’re willing to pay in case it’s found.

When someone finds the bag, the NFC chip or the code on the inside of the bag will take them to our website where they will find the information you’ve left about returning the bag to you. They will also be able to easily contact you without your identity being revealed to them.

 

Bluetooth Connectivity and App Functions

Our easy to use app will help you connect with your bag through your smartphone or your smartwatch whenever you need to take advantage of all the hi-tech features such as the bag locator, the phone finder, SOS messaging or the powerpack energy level reader.

SOS Button

If for any reason you need to send an emergency message, you can squeeze the SOS button on The Smartbag and your pre-composed SMS message will be sent to the contacts of your choice through the app.

The “SOS button” is one of the smartbutton’s functions. The smartbutton will be just inside of the bag near the zipper and the SOS feature will be activated by pressing it several times quickly in a short period of time. This will be done to ensure that you don’t activate it accidentally.

Bag Buddy System

Maybe you’ve left a bag in a taxi or maybe your bag’s disappeared while eating lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Whatever the case, when you activate this feature, you’ll receive an alert on your phone if your bag and your phone get separated.

Bag Finder

Has your bag disappeared? Thanks to the GPS system, you can use the app to find its last known location. You can also set a reward to help make sure your bag and all your contents make it home safe to you.

Phone Finder

Rushing out and can’t remember where you left your phone? When you activate the smartbutton, your phone will ring so that you can find it easily.

Bag Energy Level and Full Control of Functions

You can find out how much energy you have left in The Smartbag from your phone or smartwatch and if your bag is running low on batteries, it will send your phone a warning message.

What if you don’t want your bag to warn you every time you leave it behind? Or maybe you’re not interested in one of the other features. You can easily take full control of all of The Smartbag’s Bluetooth features through the app.

From the fine stitching to the choice of materials and on through to the electronic components, we are making sure The Smartbag is a work of beauty. 

Tote

Messenger

Shopper

Baguette

  

Prototyping

In June 2015, we started work on our first prototype. 

Below you can some of the electronics as well as demonstrations of the main functions such as:

  • the internal lights
  • the smartbutton which, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, will control the lights, SOS function and the phone finder
  • the USB chargers
  • NFC for the bag reward system
  • GPS to track your bag
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There are several differences between the first prototype and the product we will be shipping.  

1) This prototype was made with off the shelf components whereas the final product will have an internal package made specifically for this product and will thus be robust and trustworthy.

2) This prototype was made with a bag model that we decided not to use after testing it rigorously for a month.

3) In the final product, there will be 3 lights in the bag instead of 6, but the light produced will be brighter.

Also note that the app has been mapped. When it is fully programmed, the light color control, the GPS and all other connected functions can be accessed directly from the app.

Here you can see a build of the bag part of The Smartbag.

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LED Lights  

There are 3 RGB LED lights in the bags and 5 in the kit. You can turn them on by squeezing the smartbutton once. You can change the color of the lights with the app.

Power bank

This 5200 mAH power bank with 2.1V output can recharge any device with a USB charging cable. It will charge up your phone between 2 to 3 times. To use it, simply connect your USB charging cable to one of the two USB ports.*

GPS

You can locate your phone by using the "locate" button on the app. This will send a message to our communication hub which will in turn send a text message to your bag. Your bag will receive the message thanks to its SIM card.** This message activates the GPS, finds the bag's location and sends a text message back to our hub with the coordinates. Our hub will then transform those coordinates into a push notification which it will send you back to your app, your profile on our website and/or in an email.

We chose to use this system for a number of reasons:

  • Costs - getting a SIM card for your bag exclusively for SMS messages is inexpensive. There are no costs for data or roaming.
  • Reliability - text messages are less likely to fail than other systems and GPS is a trustier locator than Bluetooth locator systems (which is excellent for proximity location if you're 10 feet from what you're looking for, but not useful if you're trying to find your bag's location in the world.)
  • Energy - using an SMS to trigger the GPS device means that GPS, which drains energy quickly, is in sleep mode thus allowing the bag to stay running (and traceable) for much longer.  

The Smartbutton

The Smartbutton is located on the border of your bag and will be marked with a sticker so that you can learn where it is. It controls bag functions as follows:

  • Turn on lights - pinch once. The lights turn off automatically after 30 seconds
  • Phone finder - hold the button for 5 seconds and your mobile phone will ring so that you can find it
  • Bag energy level - pinch twice to find out how full the battery is. If it is full, all three lights will turn on. Half full, two will turn on. If you're starting to run low, only one light will turn on.
  • SOS button - pinch 5 times in rapid succession 

SOS Button 

This is one of the smartbutton's functions. Squeezing the smartbutton 5 times in a row activates the GPS. Once this happens, the SIM card in the bag will send a message directly to our communication hub.** This will then trigger our communication hub to send the SMS message you pre-composed to the contacts (max. 5) you entered into your "alert list". The lights will flash 3 times to let you know the message has been delivered.

* The USB charging cables to connect your device to the bag are not included because of the range of different formats for different devices.

** The SIM card is not included in any of our bags or the kit at this time in order to avoid charging monthly or yearly "membership" for the use of these function.

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