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Introducing the TLS Connect: The World’s Smartest Professional Backpack

The modern professional is completely reliant on technology. Yet ultimately, it’s the human brain that’s responsible for keeping track of our belongings—and as we all know, humans are not infallible. Leaving a smartphone at home can kill productivity; leaving a laptop on the plane can be catastrophic to business; leaving for a vacation without medication can be dangerous to your health. 

With so much at stake on a daily basis, we decided to put a new technological Twyst on the professional backpack—by taking human fallibility out of the equation, and giving the bag its own BRAIN.

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The TLS Connect always has your back.
The TLS Connect always has your back.

 

The TLS Connect keeps you and your belongings connected through your mobile phone.
The TLS Connect keeps you and your belongings connected through your mobile phone.

 

TLS Connect has a compartment for everything. Stay organized, smart and uncluttered.
TLS Connect has a compartment for everything. Stay organized, smart and uncluttered.

TLS Connect: The Technology

It all starts with a list. We all make mental, physical or digital checklists to help us keep track of the essentials of modern life. Whether you're traveling across town to your office or around the world on vacation, chances are you've got more things to carry than you can count on one hand. Smartphone. Tablet. Laptop. Keys. Passport. Medication...and so much more. Being without just one of these essentials can put a serious damper on your productivity or well-being. We wondered, what if your backpack could keep track of your belongings? 

Enter the TLS Connect: The World's Smartest Professional Backpack. This groundbreaking backpack is fitted with Twyst Smart Bag Tracking Technology that enables users to connect their belongings to the backpack itself. The reader is linked to a smartphone app that registers and stores each device, so the TLS Connect can immediately send a message to the user’s smartphone if a registered item is missing or removed. The backpack comes with RFID adhesive tags that can link the backpack to up to 50 unique belongings, via the RFID reader and low-energy Bluetooth signal. 

Easily create different lists depending on what type of trip you are taking. Then, keep track of your essentials in the app! Android or Apple compatible.
Easily create different lists depending on what type of trip you are taking. Then, keep track of your essentials in the app! Android or Apple compatible.

 

Get alerts when something goes missing. Red means stop! Green means go!
Get alerts when something goes missing. Red means stop! Green means go!

A New Twyst on RFID

RFID (radio frequency identification) technology uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track objects through a radio signature. The technology isn't new, but we've put our own unique Twyst on it. As the creator of an advanced Internet of Everything platform, Twyst specializes in the development of breakthrough uses for RFID—and we've already successfully used the concept of the "app-based digital checklist" to totally transform the in-store checkout experience. Simply put: our technology and expertise make bags do really cool stuff. 

Twyst Technology Pack v3.5
Twyst Technology Pack v3.5

Collaboration, Colorado-Style

As the leading online retailer of luggage, backpacks and travel accessories, our fellow Denver-based business eBags has already received accolades for its structurally smart private label luggage and commuter bags. Making them technologically smart is a natural next step—so this felt like a natural partnership. We believe the TLS Connect will pave the way for a new generation of truly indispensable travel and professional bags. 

Help Us Make Smart-Bag History

The bag isn’t perfect yet—and neither Twyst nor eBags will settle for anything less than perfect. Throughout the prototyping process thus far, we have proven that the technology and bag work beautifully together on a macro level. But both the read and report technology and the backpack need additional refinement to work seamlessly together. After all, we're asking you to entrust your most essential belongings to a bag...that bag had better be REALLY smart. So, because we can all agree on the importance of the checklist, here's what remains to be done:

  • Refine “bag shielding” so our smart tracking system is the only one that identifies your stuff in your bag
  • Modify our read and report technology to best identify what's in your bag; we want 100% accuracy along every step of your journey
  • Integrate efficient battery and power systems—considering weight, hours of readiness, and the ability to recharge your devices on the go 
  • Development of a user-friendly smartphone application that will enable users to easily record, identify and track belongings

This is your opportunity to get involved on the ground floor—with a product that will truly revolutionize the journey for professionals and travelers. No more worrying about what you might have left behind, or lost along the way. The World’s Smartest Professional Bag has your back, so you can have more time to spend as you like and stop worrying about how to keep up with all your stuff.  

Who Are We?

Twyst and eBags are pioneers in smart bag design and technology. The teams reside out of Denver, Colorado, where adventures await at every corner. Both companies recognize that each journey is unique—and uniquely important. Whether a customer commutes to Manhattan, treks Machu Picchu or commutes to work, we clear the path for a smooth journey. Every new product is an opportunity to “do better.” 

Kevin Schaff - Built, scaled and led the successful exit of three technology companies - Mentor at Yale Entrepreneurship Institute - Entrepreneur in residence at UWYO  

Cooper Rinzler - Hertz Fellow at MIT - Entrepreneur and Intellectual Property Expert - Holds over 70 patent filings in photonics, energy extraction, materials, and IOT - Principal engineer for Foro Energy—a company focused on inventing and commercializing high power laser technology for the energy industry  

Hayden Collins - Product Development and Operations - Expert in bag product design, development, and delivery - Domestic and International sourcing and manufacturing expert - Deep experience in supply chain management from manufacture to storefront  

Cameron Miner - RFID Expert and Product Development - Extensive experience in invention and product design, ranging from the first prototype of Segway to prosthetics - Founder of Fleye, cloud-based RFID video sourcing - Led the IBM wearable technology designLab in Almaden - Completed his undergrad from MIT and graduate study from Stanford, where he worked with famous research scholars, including Dean Kamen, David Kelley, and Dr. Tom Fogarty  

Gilman Callsen - Software Engineering - Founder of MC10 Inc., developing stretchable electronics for athletic performance monitoring in collaboration with Reebok & others - Designed / implemented data-centered enterprise software solutions - Yale and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute graduate  

Alejandro Mesa - Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning - Team Lead and Senior Software Engineer, Pratt & Whitney Engineered / implemented data-centric software solutions for Fortune 500 companies - Columbia MS in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence Tournament

Making bags "smart" is hard work!
Making bags "smart" is hard work!

 

Rapid innovation and attention to detail creates world-class products and technologies.
Rapid innovation and attention to detail creates world-class products and technologies.

 

Designed to the detail to fulfill your needs.
Designed to the detail to fulfill your needs.

 

World-class software engineers, scientists, and machine-learning experts.
World-class software engineers, scientists, and machine-learning experts.

 

You rock! Thank you for your support! Twyst & eBags
You rock! Thank you for your support! Twyst & eBags

 

Risks and challenges

If giving a bag a brain were easy, somebody would have done it already. Our promise to you is that with a successful Kickstarter campaign, we will deliver The World’s Smartest Professional Backpack. Yes, there are challenges—but our team has the strategy and expertise to overcome them. Our goal is to be as transparent as we can about the process (without giving away our trade secrets, of course!) so our investors can truly take this exciting journey with us. With that in mind, we've anticipated a few compelling questions you might have before you dive in.

1. Why Twyst + eBags?

To this partnership, the Twyst development team brings deep experience in hardware development, RFID technology, data modeling, machine learning and software development; eBags brings 15 years of proven expertise in the design and development of travel bags and professional cases. Both Colorado companies share an entrepreneurial spirit—and a tireless dedication to improving the customer experience.

2. Why did we set the project funding goal so high?

Both Twyst and eBags are "do it right or don't do it at all" kind of companies. We want to ensure that the TLS Connect is a product our customers can enjoy for years. We’ve also done our homework on crowd-funded campaigns, and we know that many of them struggle to move from prototype to production. When you're developing a brand-new concept, it's easy to underestimate costs—and that's a mistake we refuse to make.

3. Yikes—who else can see what's in my bag?

In order to ensure that ONLY you can see the contents of your TLS Connect, we will incorporate advanced “bag shielding” into the lining of the backpack to make sure that only the Twyst Smart Bag Tracking system can detect what is in your bag. We've had great success throughout the prototyping process; now it's all about fine-tuning and preparing this important security measure for mass manufacturing.

4. How much power will the bag need?

Good question! In order to answer it, our engineers will need to determine how often the average person loses track of things—every hour? Every minute? Once we have this critical data, we can optimize how often we need to check the contents of your TLS Connect. This will allow our read and report technology to update your smart phone only when necessary, so it uses battery power with the utmost efficiency.

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With your help, the TLS Connect can LITERALLY help people keep it together. We encourage you to check out the various funding levels at right and if you're inspired to do so—help this great idea take flight!

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    When you help to Empower our smart bag development, you will receive an eBags Lifeboat Quick Charge Portable Battery, which keeps two of your devices powered up when you're on the go!

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    Early Bird Angel

    Pledge your Early Bird support in the first 48 hours to get your hands on one of the first 100 TLS Connect Backpacks ever made! Includes:

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    • User-friendly personal item tracking app
    • 50 RFID adhesive tags for tracking
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    Missed the Early Bird deal? The next 150 donors can still be Guardian Angels with your very own TLS Connect Backpack, including all of the bells and whistles below:

    • One sleek, professional slim laptop backpack
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    • 50 RFID adhesive tags for tracking
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    Pledge your early support and get rewarded for being Organized These 300 donors will be squared away with a TLS Connect Backpack! Includes:

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    Missed the Early Bird deal? The next 1000 donors can still be an Opportunity Angel, with your very own TLS Connect Backpack, including all of the bells and whistles below:

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    Due to demand we are now offering donations Internationally! You can be an International Angel and receive one of the first-ever TLS Connect Backpacks.

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    Pledge your support at the Corporate Funding Level and receive 30 TLS Connect bags with your embroidered corporate logo!

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